Ruan Center

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Ruan Center
Photo RuanCenter north-eastside des moines usa 2008-04-27.JPG
Ruan Building in Spring of 2008
General information
Type Office space
Location 666 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa
United States
Coordinates 41°35′13″N 93°37′34″W / 41.587°N 93.626°W / 41.587; -93.626Coordinates: 41°35′13″N 93°37′34″W / 41.587°N 93.626°W / 41.587; -93.626
Construction started 1973
Completed 1975[1]
Owner Ruan Transportation
Technical details
Floor count 36
Lifts/elevators 13
Design and construction
Architect Kendall Griffith Russell Artiaga[2]

The Ruan Center is a high rise located in Des Moines, Iowa. It was built by Ruan Transportation and is located along Grand Avenue in the downtown area of the city. Completed in 1975 and standing at 459.68 ft (140m), it was the tallest building in Iowa until the completion of 801 Grand in 1991, and is currently the second tallest.[1][2] The south side of the building's site was formerly occupied by The Chamberlain Hotel.

The Ruan Center is locally famous as the "rusty skyscraper", for its Cor-Ten steel cladding that sheds rust.[3] The exterior skin is composed of 1,600 US tons of Cor-Ten steel, and 4,700 US tons of structural steel were used in the building's frame.

The building consists mainly of office space and is connected to Des Moines' skywalk system. The 33rd and 34th floors are home to the Des Moines Club, a private members-only restaurant.[4]

The Ruan Center was named one of the 50 Most Significant Iowa Buildings of the 20th Century by the Iowa chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Ruan Center -". Retrieved February 24, 2008. 
  2. ^ a b "Ruan Center, Des Moines". Retrieved February 24, 2008. 
  3. ^ Bizz Buzz. Des Moines Register, April 21, 2009,
  4. ^ "Des Moines Embassy Club of Des Moines". Retrieved February 24, 2008. 

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Preceded by
Financial Center
Tallest Building in Iowa
Succeeded by
801 Grand