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Des Moines Civic Center, Des Moines

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Civic Center · Tourist Spot
The Civic Center Historic District is located in downtown Des Moines, Iowa, United States. It flanks both the Des Moines and Raccoon Rivers and their confluence. The district has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1988. It is part of The City Beautiful Movement and City Planning in Des Moines, Iowa 1892--1938 MPS.DescriptionThe structures within the district were built between 1900 and 1938. The contributing properties include six public buildings and seven structures. The six buildings include the Armory and World War Memorial Building, the former Public Library of Des Moines, the former Post Office, Municipal Building, Municipal Court Building and the U.S. Court House. The seven contributing structures include the Center Street Dam, West River Front Park, East River Front Park, the River Walls, Scott Avenue Bridge and Dam, Court Avenue Bridge and the Riverside Drive Bridge. There are also five noncontributing structures which includes the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad Bridge, the Des Moines Union Railway Company Bridge, the Grand Avenue Bridge, the Locust Street Bridge and the Walnut Street Bridge.
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  • We went to see the Broadway show of Anastasia and it was beautifully done. We are never disappointed going to the Civic Center and their customer service it always impeccable!  more »
  • The Des Moines Civic Center is a Must See for all. This venue is excellent to view broadway hits such as Beauty and the Beast and Mary Poppins! Their variety in performance is unparalleled.  more »
  • I went to My Favorite Murder here but have been a long time fan of the shows they put on here. There have been some great upgrades to the facility and there is not really a bad seat in the house. The bartenders are amazing as well as many of the other staff members that show you to your seat. I am assuming that those who are reviewing this facility know what it is like but definitely recommend this place for a show. It’s also located really close to the bustling Court Avenue.
  • Have seen a lot of great plays/musicals here. Never disappointed.

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