• Peak Mansion Tour
    June 22 / 10:30 AM
    1080 22nd Street, Des Moines
    This event is for Members Only. Join here!  
  • ​Hallett & Rawson, Des Moines Architects        Presentation by Steve Stimmel, AIA 
    June 27 / 5:30 PM
    Trinity Las Americas Church Sanctuary (use north College Ave. entrance) SW corner 8th Street and College Avenue 
    ​This event is Open to The Public.
  • Dave and Kathy Hellstern House Tour
    ​June 29 / 5:00 - 7:00 PM

    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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Hallett & Rawson, Des Moines Architects Presentation
By Steve Stimmel, AIA
Thursday, June 27 / 5:30 PM
Trinity Las Americas Church Sanctuary
SW Corner 8th Street and College Avenue, Des Moines

Open to the public. 

This presentation introduces George Hallett and Harry Rawson, prominent architects in Des Moines at the turn of the 20th century.  Steve continues to research and uncover new information about these prolific architects. Learn about the individuals, firm chronology, design philosophy and the work of Hallett and Rawson. 

About Steve Stimmel:
Following retirement from BBS Architecture Engineering in Des Moines, the successor firm to Hallett and Rawson (and Proudfoot, Bird and Rawson), Steve remains active in architecture history education as a board member for the Des Moines Historical Society. He also leads walking tours for the Iowa Architectural Foundation and has resided in Des Moines since 1985.​

Upcoming events​

Peak Mansion Tour - Members Only Tour
Saturday, June 22 / 10:30 AM 
1080 22nd Street, Des Moines

Built in 1900, this house was home to the family of Reverend George Breckenridge Peak. In 1896, Rev. Peak founded the Central Life Assurance Society - now known as AmerUs Group. The Peak Mansion is on the National Register of Historic Places as an example of Georgian Revival architecture. 

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