Krudenier & Chamberlain Commercial Buildings

Downtown • Des Moines • 2008

Located on the National Register of Historic Places, the Chamberlain Building at 1312 Locust is a premium office and restaurant space in a three-story, 31,700 square foot landmark that once housed the Manbeck Chrysler and Plymouth dealerships on Des Moines’ famous “Auto Row.” The Des Moines Register boasted in May 1916 that the building had “immense pretensions (and) was an exceedingly well-equipped establishment.”

An equally charming building adjacent the Chamberlain is the Kruidenier Buildings at 1408 Locust Street, the original home for the Packard and Cadillac dealerships. Owned by the father of David Kruidenier, philanthropist and publisher of the Des Moines Register and Tribune Co., this building was built immediately after WWI.

Originally, these two car dealerships anchored the “auto row” of the early days of motor vehicles around 1916 and 1918 respectively, Today, the buildings are located to overlook the Pappajohn Sculpture Garden in downtown’s Western Gateway Park, making it an ideal place for the upscale restaurant, Americana Restaurant, and professional firms seeking Class A office space. Microsoft Co. & Flynn Wright, and other media centered firms have a perfect view of downtown life.