800 Locust Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50309. Phone 515-288-5800. Toll-Free 1-800-320-2580. Fax 515-244-1718.
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History of the Suites of 800 Locust

The building on corner of 8th & Locust was built as the original Des Moines Club, when the address was known as 806 Locust Street. Construction started in 1909 and completed in 1912. In 1973 the Des Moines Club left the building and moved to a new location.

On the second floor were offices with a single space for each industry: one accountant, one lawyer, one barber, and so on. As Des Moines was a hub for trains they also had a nap room that travelers could use. The lower level was their card- playing, cigar smoking, and lunch buffet area. Merrill Lynch later had an office on the northwest corner of the main level where they used to write the ticker tape on chalk boards as the stock market changed.

After 1973 the building was the home for the Za-Ga-Zig Shriner’s Temple until about 1987. They also used the building for a variety of meetings and events. The grand ballroom was popular for weddings, graduations, birthdays and other celebrations until 1987, when the Shriner's Temple vacated the building.

For over 11 years the property sat abandoned until 1999 when the two-year renovation began that would create the Suites of 800 Locust. The Suites' first guests stayed on May 29, 2001, with the renovation and completion final a month later.

With extra precaution used in exposing the original brick in some guest rooms, lobby and presidential atrium area, the building's history creates a uniqueness unlike anything else in the world.