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NEW LIFE: Historic Gas Station Being Repurposed

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For a couple of years it's been sitting on blocks in Des Moines, but now an old 1930's gas station will soon have a new purpose.

The filling station will soon move to its new location in Sherman Hill, on Crocker across from the old Kingsway Cathedral.

Kathedral Church will turn the former gas station from the East Village into a church youth center. The church hopes to preserve the old gas station.

The station was built in 1931 with a Spanish mission revival design, including a red tile roof and terra cotta walls.

Crews moved it from its East Village location to a temporary spot at 18th and Crocker. The filling station should be set on a permanent foundation this fall. The total cost to place and restore the old gas station is $210,000. About half of that has been raised so far and the church needs donations to help cover the rest

“We need foundation work, concrete, HVAC, electrical even the terra cotta…that needs restoration as well,” says Kathedral Youth Pastor John Merkel.

If you’d like to make a donation to help, you can find information here.