Beauty and the Buildings

The Polk County Administration Building, built in 1908, features beaux-arts style. It was inspired by the “City Beautiful” movement sweeping the nation in the early 20th century.
This is your last chance–and you’ll only regret it if you miss the season’s final Architecture at Hand walking tour at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 11. The summer-long series of tours has been hosted by the Iowa Architectural Foundation (IAF).
We’ve been on three of the 90-minute walking tours and encourage you to join the finale. On previous tours, we roamed downtown’s East Village neighborhood and explored some of the downtown core’s most architecturally significant buildings.
Design professionals guide the tours, pointing out details of the city’s architectural history. You’ll see and learn about such styles as art deco, beaux-arts, Italianate, modernist and Gothic revival.
The tour costs $10 and starts at the IAF office, 400 Locust St., Suite 100. If it rains, the tour will be by skywalk. By the way, the IAF also offers private tours for group events. Contact for more information.

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