Work has officially begun turning a historic Des Moines building into a new cultural center.
The Des Moines Social Club held a ceremonial groundbreaking at the old central fire station Tuesday morning.
The club has raised $3.5 million to transform the station into a cultural center complete with a theater, art gallery, restaurant and workspace for artists.
This is the third location for the Social Club, but they believe it will be their last. “Historically there aren’t many 1937 art deco fire houses left in the country, so from a historical perspective it adds dramatically, we’ve never really been able to add architecture to the art forms that we use, we now can and it terms of sustainability you can’t get more sustainable than saving an old building. And what we we’re trying to do is make sure this building remains a public building for the next 100 years,” Director Zachary Mannheimer said.
They still have about $200,000 left to raise, but they hope to finish construction and move into their new space next year.