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Victorian Home in Danger of DemolitionVictorian Home in Danger of DemolitionIs there an abandoned home in your neighborhood that you would like to see saved? Perhaps a unique vacant storefront or even a cool gas station? Here is your chance to get some publicity for a building you think we all should know about: the Des Moines Rehabbers Club is seeking nominations for the 3rd Annual "Most Endangered Buildings" list!

An old railroad depot, a one-room schoolhouse, and a decaying Victorian home are all finalists from past years' lists.

There are two ways to nominate a building:

  1. Register (for free) at http://RenovateDSM.com and fill out the online nomination form - you must be logged in to view this form.
  2. Print a nomination form, fill it out, and mail it back.

Nominations are DUE by October 8, 2010. More information about the Most Endangered Buildings list can be found on the Des Moines Rehabbers Club website at http://renovatedsm.com/node/593.

Individuals and organizations are encouraged to nominate endangered buildings that they would like to see saved.

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Victorian Home in Danger of Demolition: This home is on the City's "Public Nuisance" list and may be demolished if deficiencies are not corrected in a timely manner.Victorian Home in Danger of Demolition: This home is on the City's "Public Nuisance" list and may be demolished if deficiencies are not corrected in a timely manner.A charred Sherman Hill mansion and a former one-room schoolhouse have been named among “Des Moines Seven Most Endangered Buildings” by the Des Moines Rehabbers Club. Over the period of about a month, the Club received nominations from the public for buildings, homes, and other structures within the City of Des Moines in danger of demolition or neglect. The resulting list will help raise awareness of endangered structures in Des Moines and promote opportunities for rehabilitating them.

In no particular order, the following have been selected as “Des Moines Seven Most Endangered Buildings”. Visit http://renovatedsm.com/node/316 for more information and photos of the buildings.

  • 692 17th Street, Sherman Hill neighborhood.
  • East Woodlawn School, 2930 Euclid Avenue.
  • 1910 Officer’s Quarters, Fort Des Moines.
  • Kingsway Cathedral Church, 901 19th Street.
  • Roadside Settlement House, 620 Scott Avenue.
  • Gas Station, 203 E. Grand.
  • 1021 26th Street.

The last one on this list is on the City's "Public Nuisance" list. Being listed as a public nuisance is technically a legal action, and subjects the owner to fines if the deficiencies are not corrected. Ultimately, if the items listed on the public nuisance action are not remedied, the structure may be demolished by the City.

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