Clemens Automobile Company Building

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Clemens Automobile Company Building
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Clemens Automobile Company Building is located in Iowa
Clemens Automobile Company Building
Clemens Automobile Company Building is located in the United States
Clemens Automobile Company Building
Location200 10th St.
Des Moines, Iowa
Coordinates41°35′3″N 93°37′46″W / 41.58417°N 93.62944°W / 41.58417; -93.62944Coordinates: 41°35′3″N 93°37′46″W / 41.58417°N 93.62944°W / 41.58417; -93.62944
Arealess than one acre
Built byJ.E. Lovejoy
Architectural styleClassical Revival
Early Commercial
NRHP reference #09000272[1]
Added to NRHPMay 9, 2009

The Clemens Automobile Company Building is an historic building located in downtown Des Moines, Iowa, United States. It was completed in 1916 as an "automotive department store" operated by the Clemens Automobile Company. They sold cars here that were produced by Willys-Overland Motors from 1916 to 1923. There was a claim that this was the largest building in the city that was devoted to automobiles.[2] The first floor was used for the main sales room and offices, the second floor was used for used car sales and the service department, the fourth floor was used for a paint department, and the remaining three floors and the basement were used for storage. The Clemens family was involved in a variety of business enterprises and another one of their companies, the Standard Glass and Paint Company, was housed here from 1924 to 1979. The building is now part of the Hotel Fort Des Moines, and the two buildings were linked across the alley in 1985.

The building is a six-story brick structure with a reinforced concrete skeleton that rises 95 feet (29 m) above the ground.[3] It is thought that the Des Moines architectural firm of Sawyer & Watrous designed the Neoclassical-style building, but that cannot be confirmed.[2] Local contractor J.E. Lovejoy was in charge of construction. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2009.[1]


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ a b James E. Jacobsen. "Clemens Automobile Company Building". National Park Service. Retrieved 2017-10-08. with photo(s)
  3. ^ "Clemens Building". Emporis. Retrieved 2012-02-28.