Kum & Go Sponsors IAF’s Summer Walking Tours

K-GIowa Architectural Foundation is proud to announce that Kum & Go has signed on as the exclusive sponsor for our Architecture on the Move series of downtown architectural walking tours.  The remaining dates for 2018 are: August 10 and September 14.  A new tour is being added for October 5: the Western Gateway. Foundation volunteers offer walking tours of downtown Des Moines every summer to educate the public about the balanced mix of historic and contemporary architecture in Iowa’s capital city.  

Select from four tours:

  • North: Learn insight into Des Moines’ more contemporary architecture, including the Catholic Pastoral Center, AEG’s headquarters, Principal’s corporate campus, and the world-famous architects, such as Mies van der Rohe and Helmut Jahn, who have left their mark here.
  • South: Walk through the historic Court Avenue and Warehouse District and learn about the history and future of this exciting entertainment and downtown living area. Includes World Food Prize and Polk County Courthouse.
  • East: Enjoy a stroll through Des Moines’ revitalized East Village. Highlights include background on the City Beautiful Movement and the Riverwalk’s public buildings.
  • West: This tour showcases some of Des Moines’ older, stately buildings such as the Temple for the Performing Arts, and some of our most significant skyscrapers and new developments in the Western Gateway area, including Krause Gateway Center

Tour guides are not scripted, so each tour is unique and different. Tours typically last 90 minutes and are approximately 14 city blocks in length. Comfortable shoes are recommended. The tours gather at 5:00 PM at the Iowa Center for Architecture, 400 Locust, Suite 100 in Capital Square, where you are invited to join us for wine, other beverages, and light appetizers. Tours take off at 5:30 PM.  A Skywalk tour is available in case of inclement weather. Cost is $15 per person (cash or check). Email:director@iowaarchfoundation.org. All proceeds benefit IAF educational programs. The gathering point for the October 5 tour of Western Gateway will be announced in August.