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 ( ) 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.


Information from: The Des Moines Register,

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