Edna M. Griffin Building

Des Moines, IA

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Architecture Overview:

On the boards: This handsome building on a prime corner in downtown Des Moines became a key part of civil rights history when, in 1948, Edna Griffin led a campaign to force the Katz Drugstore, housed in this building, to serve African Americans. Originally called the Flynn Building, it was renamed the Edna M. Griffin Building on the 50th anniversary of her successful desegregation efforts. Built in 1885 (with 3 more floors completed in 1906), the building has undergone several renovations and alterations over the years. RDG is working with the current owner to rehabilitate the Griffin building as a vibrant mixed-use location for retail and restaurant space and 35 residential units.

  • CLIENT: Des Moines Griffin Building, LLC
  • COMPLETE: Estimated March 2020
  • SIZE:
    45,540 Sq. Ft. Renovation
    35 apartment units
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