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Streetcar historian, Earl Short, presents the History of the Des Moines Streetcars. See Event Listings for dates and times.
Some events are available only to members of the Des Moines Historical Society. Joining is easy and inexpensive. Just click here to join. It takes seconds to do and will help support efforts to preserve the stories and artifacts of Des Moines history.
DMHS toured the Gabriel House. Join us for future tours!
Scottish Rite Consistory Tour - Date & Time TBD
The Scottish Rite Consistory was occupied in 1927 and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Architects: Wetherell and Harrison
Style: Neo-Classical with some Art Deco ornamentation – Bedford Limestone
Chartered in 1892, the Des Moines Consistory met in various Masonic buildings until housing with the Downtown Masonic Temple in 1913. From that temporary location, the 4,500 members began raising funds for this building.
Façade: Bronze doors; each of the six stone columns are solid Bedford Limestone and weigh 22 tons each.
The symbols and emblems of the Scottish Rite Masons have been incorporated in the decoration of the exterior and the interior.
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