$699K home features striking midcentury design, mystery architect

$699K home features striking midcentury design, mystery architect

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

A key instance of mid-century modern-day architecture is for sale in West Des Moines, developed in 1964 for a previous director of the Des Moines Artwork Centre

Situated throughout from the 486-acre Brown’s Woods, Iowa’s biggest city forest, the a few-bed room, a few-toilet, 1,939-sq.-foot ranch residence is concealed from check out on its possess .76-acre, tree-loaded lot.

Restored around the previous two several years, previous Des Moines Art Heart director Thomas Stansbury Tibbs at first laid declare to the hanging structure. But despite ongoing endeavours looking archives, city information and local architectural data, no paperwork to again up his assertion has however been observed.

“It’s a quite unfamiliar mystery,” mentioned Rhiannon Barbour, who is representing the vendor.

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

Admitting the home’s type appeals to an special sector of the sector, Barbour is assured the proper homebuyer will at some point be located.

“I adore the simplicity, how understated it is, but it is attractive,” she reported.

Tibbs was the Artwork Center’s director from 1960-68 and was instrumental in choosing New York Metropolis architect I.M. Pei to build a $1.6 million addition to the Art Middle. Pei’s 18,000-square-foot wing debuted in Oct 1968, that includes an uncovered concrete exterior that provided an immediate distinction to architect Eliel Saarinen’s 20-calendar year old creating.