Edna M. Griffin Building

Des Moines, IA

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Architecture Overview:

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 worked with the current owner to document existing conditions before successfully applying for historic tax credits. This adaptive reuse project is now home to 35 residential units, many of which qualify as affordable housing. The vibrant mixed-use location also includes a unique convenience grocery concept on the ground floor.