Des Moines’ East Village Gets Historic District Designation

Last month, the East Des Moines Commercial Historic District has been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

The official historic district, within the broader East Village, was originally platted in 1854, and its period of historic significance is tied to its ethnic heritage, social history and architecture from 1873 through 1959.

Many of the district’s historic buildings are associated with European immigrants, including Scandinavian and Eastern European Jewish immigrant communities that settled on the near east side beginning in the 1870s and 1880s and became merchants, tradespeople and professionals.

The nomination describes three different generations of building construction that took place in the district from the 1840s until 1959, including: