Historic Depot in the East Village

Des Moines Heritage Trust’s first project is the historic depot in the East Village. The depot will be host for Des Moines’ heritage organizations like the Des Moines Historical Society, Historic East Village, Des Moines Rehabbers Club, and others. The depot will provide opportunities for the community to learn more about Des Moines’ architectural heritage.

Depot Project

About The Depot Project

The depot was constructed in 1909 by W.H. Brereton for the Des Moines Union Railway. The depot once served as a passenger station. During the revitalization, the depot will preserve its unique Dutch Revival style. After opening, it will serve as a hub for the community to learn about Des Moines heritage.
Next to the depot will be the Des Moines Heritage Center, an events center. The events center will serve as a rental space as well as leveraged property for rehabilitation of other historic properties. Through the windows the event center, you’ll be able to view the brilliant gold dome of the capital building.
The Des Moines Heritage Center and depot are set to open late in the Fall of 2020.

Economic Impact

The depot space has a definite impact on our immediate community. By renovating the depot instead of demolition, it has provided 49 new jobs and paid around $1,000,000 in workers’ wages. In the more long term, we expect to see more money being spent on businesses here in Des Moines. The state will see over $130,000 in tax revenue every year from this project. We will expect to see over $1,500,000 in spending in Des Moines by visitors from photographers, caterers, and hotel rooms being booked.