Drake University to relocate historic Victorian house in Des Moines
Starting just after midnight, construction crews will move a historic Victorian home at 2915 Brattleboro Ave. to a new location two blocks away.
Why it matters: Preserving historic buildings is a longtime goal of local and state officials.
- This home, built in 1890, was part of the first developments associated with the Kingman Place District.
What's happening: Drake University, which has owned the property since 1977 and used it as apartments, partnered with neighborhood representatives and nonprofit Invest DSM to move the home to a new location at 3102 Cottage Grove Ave. It should be completed Tuesday by dawn and have minimal impact on traffic.
- A full renovation will turn the property into a 4-bedroom, 2,045-square-foot house. It'll then be put up for sale in the coming months.
The intrigue: The university hasn't officially finalized or made public its plans for the Brattleboro site, Christopher Civitate of Invest DSM told Axios.
- University officials didn't immediately respond to Axios' inquiry.
Of note: Multiple other Drake-owned homes in the area have been relocated in recent years as part of an $8 million expansion of its Harkin Institute for Public Policy & Citizen Engagement.
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