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Des Moines Waterworks Headquarters

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1985, Shiffer, Frey, Baldwin. 2201 Valley Dr., west of Fleur Dr., West Des Moines Waterworks Park
  • Des Moines Water-works Headquarters (David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim)

The classical tradition has in this instance been reduced to several “pure” geometric shapes: rectangular volumes and slabs, triangles, and upright drums. An open metalwork gable balanced on two drums announces the entrance into the building. This building is Postmodern, but with the reserve one associates with the work of the 1930s, such as the designs of the Swedish architect Eric Gunnar Asplund and others.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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

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