801 Grand

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Coordinates: 41°35′14″N 93°37′43″W / 41.5872°N 93.6285°W / 41.5872; -93.6285

801 Grand
Photo 801grand north-eastside des moines usa 2007-06-15.jpg
View of the north-east corner of 801 Grand. 711 High Street, the headquarters of Principal Financial Group, is in the foreground
General information
Location 801 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa, United States
Construction started 1989[1]
Completed 1991[1][2]
Owner Principal Financial Group
Roof 630 ft (190 m)
Technical details
Floor count 45
Floor area 922,467 sq ft (85,700.0 m2)[3]
Design and construction
Architect HOK[2]

801 Grand, also known as the Principal Building, is a skyscraper in Des Moines, Iowa, United States. It is named after its street address, being located along Grand Avenue in the downtown area of the city between 8th and 9th Streets, with High Street the northern border. Completed in 1991 and standing at 630 feet (190 m), it is currently the tallest building in the state of Iowa. The building consists mainly of office space, which is largely occupied by its owner, Principal Financial Group. The lower three floors contain retail and restaurant space, including the 801 Chophouse, and provide a connection to Des Moines' skywalk system. Other tenants include the law firms of McKee, Voorhees, & Sease; Bradshaw, Fowler, Proctor & Fairgrave; and Faegre Baker Daniels.

801 Grand's roof is made out of copper sheeting that was designed to form a green coating of verdigris over time, much like the Statue of Liberty. However, unlike New York City, the air salt content in Des Moines was so low that the desired oxidation process failed. The result was the copper turned a dark brown. Discussions on possible removal of the top layer of copper that would allow crews to purposely cause the oxidation process to create verdigris resulted in the decision to leave the roof as is.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ a b "801 Grand - SkyscraperPage.com". Retrieved June 12, 2007. 
  2. ^ a b "801 Grand, Des Moines". Retrieved June 12, 2007. 
  3. ^ "801 Grand". Skyscraper Center. CTBUH. Retrieved 2017-08-04. 

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Preceded by
Ruan Center
Tallest Building in Iowa
Succeeded by