You are here

Northwestern Bell Telephone Company

-A A +A
1928, George B. Prinz. Northwest corner 9th and High streets

The Northwest Bell building is a Des Moines example of the popular late-1920s Art Deco “Vertical style” skyscraper. Each of its bays is defined by pilasters that continue above the roof parapet; within each of the bays is a minor, much thinner pilaster, and this also reaches upward, culminating in stone crowned finials. As is appropriate for the style, the upper reaches of the building step back. Brick was used not only for the skin of the building but also as the means of patterning for the repeated spandrels.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


What's Nearby


David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Northwestern Bell Telephone Company", [Des Moines, Iowa], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

If SAH Archipedia has been useful to you, please consider supporting it.

SAH Archipedia tells the story of the United States through its buildings, landscapes, and cities. This freely available resource empowers the public with authoritative knowledge that deepens their understanding and appreciation of the built environment. But the Society of Architectural Historians, which created SAH Archipedia with University of Virginia Press, needs your support to maintain the high-caliber research, writing, photography, cartography, editing, design, and programming that make SAH Archipedia a trusted online resource available to all who value the history of place, heritage tourism, and learning.

, ,