Municipal Building

E. 1st and Locust Sts., Des Moines, Iowa


West elevation and north elevation

Photo taken for the Historic American Buildings Survey


Street Views 


The Municipal Building, Des Moines' City Hall, is significant for a number of reasons. The building is closely associated with the "Des Moines Plan" Commission form of government, a landmark State Supreme Court decision on womens suffrage, and is a part of a riverfront improvement project that began in about 1899 and had continued off and on to the present, albeit in a modified and expanded form. Designed in the Beaux Arts classical style of civic architecture, the Municipal Building was to be a monument to the commission form of government. -- Historic American Buildings Survey

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on November 10, 1977
Reference number
Architectural style
Late 19th and 20th Century Revival: Beaux Arts
Areas of significance
Law; Politics/Government; Architecture
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic function
Government office
Current function
Government office
Period of significance
Significant years
1909; 1910

Update Log 

  • May 1, 2017: New Street View added by Bill Eichelberger
  • June 2, 2012: Imported photos from HABS/HAER