I’m currently working on a virtual tour of downtown but until I get that finished, I wanted to highlight some information on the 10 tallest buildings in downtown Des Moines. Interestingly enough the three tallest are on Grand Avenue, maybe that’s why they call it Grand Avenue.
Address: 801 Grand Avenue
This is the tallest building in the state of Iowa.
The bottom three floors of this tower are a retail mall connected to the downtown skywalk system. A great restaurant, 801 Steak & Chop is located here.
A private restaurant, the Embassy Club resides on the top two floors of this building.
The top half of the tower features a series of terraces and setbacks to visually decrease the building’s impact on the city skyline.
801 Grand Avenue is topped by eight-sided pyramid, which being clad with copper provides a unique sign of the tower.
It was named one of the 50 Most Significant Iowa Buildings of the 20th Century by the Iowa chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
Posted under Living Downtown
Tags: Architecture | Skyline