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The House that Moved: An Extraordinary Journey of Preserving History

The House that Moved: An Extraordinary Journey of Preserving History

On August 31st, 2021, in the early hours when most of Des Moines was fast asleep, construction crews moved a historic Victorian home from 2915 Brattleboro Ave to its new location, 3102 Cottage Grove. This home, built in 1890, was part of the first developments associated with the Kingman Place District. Previously used by Drake University as student housing with 5 dwelling units, Invest DSM restored it back into a single family owner-occupied 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom home.

The 2,500 square-foot home retains many beautiful historic features along with appealing updates throughout. In addition to brand new mechanicals, and a new foundation, the design and finishes are exceptional, making it warm and inviting. The large windows and tall ceilings bring in huge amounts of natural light. A gas fireplace with an historic mantle is featured in the living room. The kitchen has all new stainless appliances, quartz countertops, pantry, and hardwood floors. The large front wrap-around porch is relaxing and a great spot for the future homeowners to get to know their neighbors. Off the back porch is a new two car garage.

Timeline of 3102 Cottage Grove’s Rehabilitation
June 2021 – Demolition of the old house and lot split into 2 parcels
July 2021 – Foundation dug
August 2021 – Selective demo of additions on 2915 Brattleboro house
August 2021 – New foundation poured at 3102 Cottage Grove
August 2021 – 145,000 pounds of house at 2915 Brattleboro loaded up and moved West on University, then South on 31st Street to its final resting location (3102 Cottage Grove)
September 2021 – A full gut remodel begins – Trim, doors, hardware, main stair railing preserved when possible
July 2023 – Full gut remodel complete
July 2023 – House listed



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