Capitol area row house will move to parking lot

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A crew will slowly move a 121-year-old brick row house from the edge of the Iowa Capitol complex to a vacant lot a few blocks away.

The Des Moines Register reports (http://dmreg.co/1alfOls ) the structure known as Norden Hall will be moved at midnight Sept. 26 to a former parking lot in the East Village area.

Developer Jake Christensen says the building will house a restaurant.

The structure was built in 1892 as a row house. It also was used as a brothel before Scandinavian immigrants bought it in the 1930s for a meeting hall.

Christensen plans to spend about $1.2 million to move the building, prepare the site and remodel the structure.

The state plans to expand the Capitol plaza onto the area where the building is now located.

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com

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