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Property Name Greenwood Park Plats Historic District
Reference Number 13000068
State Iowa
County Polk
Town Des Moines
Street Address 39th to 42nd. Approximately Grand Ave. to Center/Pleasant Sts, 4006. 4024 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 04/24/2013
Areas of Significance Community Planning & Development, Architecture
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This district is recommended as being locally significant and eligible for the National Register of Historic Places on the basis of its architectural significance (Criterion C), and its historical association with the westward expansion of Des Moines' residential area and as the 1879-1885 site for the Iowa State Fair (Criterion A, Community Planning and Development). The district's period of significance is 1879-1962. This period includes the state fair period and the subsequent up building of the district to the 50 year National Register cut-off date. Significant dates are 1886, the platting date; 1902, the provision of a local firehouse, and 1946, the final filling in and development of the former lake site, which also entailed the straightening of 39th Street, which previously diverted around the east side of the lake.


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