April 24, 2024

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Des Moines home features striking midcentury design, mystery architect

2025 SE Brown’s Woods Ln., West Des Moines

A primary illustration of mid-century modern day architecture is for sale in West Des Moines, constructed in 1964 for a former director of the Des Moines Art Heart

Positioned throughout from the 486-acre Brown’s Woods, Iowa’s greatest urban forest, the three-bedroom, three-rest room, 1,939-square-foot ranch residence is concealed from look at on its own .76-acre, tree-filled large amount.

Restored more than the final two a long time, previous Des Moines Artwork Heart director Thomas Stansbury Tibbs originally laid declare to the putting layout. But regardless of continued initiatives looking archives, city information and area architectural data, no paperwork to back again up his assertion has nevertheless been identified.

“It’s a very unfamiliar secret,” mentioned Rhiannon Barbour, who is symbolizing the seller.

Home of former Des Moines Art Center director for sale at 2025 SE Brown's Woods Lane.

Admitting the home’s model appeals to an exclusive sector of the industry, Barbour is confident the ideal homebuyer will inevitably be found.

“I adore the simplicity, how understated it is, but it is stunning,” she explained.

Tibbs was the Artwork Center’s director from 1960-68 and was instrumental in choosing New York City architect I.M. Pei to generate a $1.6 million addition to the Artwork Heart. Pei’s 18,000-square-foot wing debuted in October 1968, that includes an exposed concrete exterior that supplied an immediate distinction to architect Eliel Saarinen’s 20-year outdated constructing.