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  • Scottish Rite Consistory Tour
    Date & Time TBD
    519 Park Street, Des Moines 
  • Dave and Kathy Hellstern House Tour
    ​Date & Time TBD

    803 Hickman Ave, Des Moines

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Streetcar historian, Earl Short, presents the History of the Des Moines Streetcars. See Event Listings for dates and times. 

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DMHS toured the Gabriel House. Join us for future tours!

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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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