Kum & Go Sponsors IAF’s Summer Walking Tours


NEW TOUR on October 5, sponsored by Kum & Go 

Architecture on the Move  “Far West Edition” Walking Tours: the  Gateway & Auto Row

IAF has added two special walking tours for Friday evening, October 5. These additional architectural tours, sponsored by Kum & Go, will extend the season for IAF’s Architecture on the Move series, and will focus on the western part of downtown Des Moines. The tours will start at John and Mary Pappajohn Education Center, 1200 Grand Avenue, Des Moines. Check-in starts at 5 PM and tours leave the building at 5:30 PM.

There is some overlap in tours, and both cover contemporary and historic architecture. One tour, led by guides who have first-hand experience in leading the design effort to redevelop the area, will focus on Western Gateway Park and its surrounds, and key buildings such as Krause Gateway Center and The Temple for the Performing Arts.

The other tour will focus on the history of the buildings along Locust Street that comprised what was known as  “Auto Row,” including Herring Motor Car, Kruidenier Cadillac, Studebaker Corporation Branch Office and other buildings in the area such as the Clemens Building.

Guided by volunteer architects, these tours of downtown provide an opportunity for local residents and visitors to learn more about the rich architectural heritage of Iowa’s capital city. Participants will learn about architectural detail, style and elements, along with intriguing facts, stories and the historical significance of the buildings that shape the downtown skyline.

Tickets are $15 per person and can be purchased on Eventbrite or at the door. If you register at the door, please pay by check or cash. Tour guides are not scripted so each tour is different and unique. Tours typically last 90 minutes. Wear comfortable shoes and weather-appropriate clothing.

The remaining date for the regular Architecture on the Move series is September 14. Check-in starts 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 launch at 5:30 PM.  A Skywalk tour is available in case of inclement weather. Cost is $15 per person (cash or check). To reserve your spot, email director@iowaarchfoundation.org. All proceeds benefit IAF educational programs.

Select from four tours (September 14):

  • 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