Apartment, Commercial

The Randolph

Type: Rehabilitation, Historic, Acquisition
Role: Developer, General Partner, Manager
Building Space: 55 Market-Rate Units
Financing: State and Federal Historic Tax Credits, Associated Bank, First Mortgage, Metropolitan Council Tax Base Revitalization Act
Location: Des Moines, IA
Year Completed

Overview / Details

The Randolph Apartments in Des Moines, Iowa is the comingling of three separate eclectic pieces of history in one cohesive and unexpected adaptive reuse. The Randolph hotel (circa 1912), the Youngerman Block (circa 1876) and the Earle and Le Bosquet Block (circa 1896) through careful planning have been given a new lease on life as intimate apartments.

Much of the Randolph’s historical character lays in its construction. Designed by H.L. Stevens CO,

the building largely applied the use of a reinforced concrete structure. The comingling of steel and concrete was the safest bet against fire.

As part of the abutting Randolph Hotel’s expansion, the upper stories of The Youngerman Block were annexed to the neighboring hotel. Due to a disparity in floor heights, a set of stairs connects Youngerman to Randolph on the 2nd and 3rd stories along with a fire door.

The four-story commercial block was designed by C.E. Eastman, and was reminiscent of the same tripartite design witnessed in The Randolph, a telltale tenet of Chicago Commercial Style. Special recognition is given to the building’s detailed stonework that uses decorative devices of brick and terra cotta forms that draw the eye from storefront to cornice through the use of series of forms and patterns.

Developer Sherman Associates acquired the historic Randolph Hotel, incorporating the mingling of the Court Avenue District and the flair of each buildings rich history. These three historical buildings have been artfully restored with distinctive styles. Each building’s motif captures the surprising design elements resulting in an eclectic mix of stylish architectural features and characteristics.

Commercial tenants of the Randolph include Pita Pit and Draught House.

Commercial Space

9,646 SF

Awards & Recognition

Pinnacle of Excellence, Best Renovation Structural, Greater Iowa Apartment Association