The Masonic Home is truly unique in Puget Sound and one of the only remaining pieces of real architectural history in Des Moines. In the video, I use the word ‘dignity’ quite intentionally. The place has great dignity. And if we lose this magnificent structure and these beautiful grounds, we will be robbing future generations.
This is not just another real estate sale.The city needs to make every effort to intervene with the owners and make sure the property is put to a use that is in the best long-term interest of Des Moines. To me, that means preservation.
What is maddening to me is the constant state of uncertainty. The fact that the public never seems to know what is going on with iconic projects like this.
If you want more information on historic preservation (or anything else related to municipal government, the MRSC is always a good good place to look. You can also search the Des Moines Municipal Code 18.125.