August 6, 2021


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At 11 a.m. on 11/11, Des Moines’ most recent hotel opened for company

Mulberry Road Tavern, with its heavy wooden accents, occupies the southeast corner of the constructing and can be witnessed from both Mulberry Road and Sixth Avenue. Picture by Joe Crimmings

Wander past the lobby of Des Moines’ newest downtown hotel toward the solarium and on the left you are going to see a construction not usually discovered in modern day structures: a circular, weathered steel boiler stack that rises via the ceiling, hugging the exterior of the higher-rise part of the building. 

“I just adore that it provides a bit of character,” mentioned Allison Streu, basic manager of the Surety Resort, which opened its doors for small business at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11. 

The 12-story setting up at 206 Sixth Ave. underwent a $40 million renovation that included preserving historic features like a primary staircase with ornate iron railings and marble and terrazzo flooring, vault doorways and hardwood maple flooring. Previously mentioned the building’s key entryway continue to be the words “Savings & Personal loan Constructing.”

Chicago-based Aparium Lodge Team acquired the creating in 2017 and transformed it into a 137-area boutique hotel with cafe and bar.

The hotel group, acknowledged for its renovation of historic properties, experienced been seeking to get into the Des Moines market for various decades, Streu reported. 

“This was a person of the previous historic buildings downtown that was really offered,” explained Streu, who grew up in Granger. “When the opportunity arrived up to get associated with this making, they jumped at the prospect.”

Construction of the framework, at first identified as the Hippee Making, started close to 1911. When accomplished in 1913, the Hippee Building was the tallest in Des Moines.  

For a long time, the making housed finance-relevant organizations such as the Southern Surety Co., which was situated in the building for more than 20 many years. Des Moines Savings and Loan bought the framework in 1947 and immediately after a rebranding in the 1980s, called the residence the Midland Developing. 

The building’s renovation has taken extra than two decades to finish. Currently, workers ended up placing ending touches on the copper roof that addresses a portion of the solarium, an addition to the making. Also, ending touches were being staying put on the Presidential Suite, whose restroom partitions are lined with marble.

The street-stage Mulberry Avenue Tavern is obvious from the sidewalks together Mulberry and Sixth. At first the cafe was going to be open up for breakfast, lunch, supper and weekend brunches. Hrs were being curtailed for the reason that of the pandemic, explained Marque Collins, govt chef.

The restaurant’s menu is “a good deal of cornerstone dishes,” Collins claimed. “A great proportion of the menu will modify with the time. We’ll often do a pasta, but in the spring it might be a ramp pesto, and in the summer season it turns into a ratatouille or a summer months squash ragout.”

Mulberry Street Tavern’s several hours are 4 to 10 p.m. Sunday by way of Thursday and 4 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. It will start serving brunch on Nov. 28.

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The boiler stack that ran up the exterior of the 12-story making at 206 Sixth Ave. remains as section of an addition to the composition that now is home to the Surety Lodge and Mulberry Road Tavern. Photograph by Joe Crimmings