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The Filling Station

Another historic building has arrived at The Kathedral! A Continental Oil gas station, built in 1931, was moved from the East Village in Des Moines to our location at 19th and Crocker. The gas station was originally located at 203 E. Grand in Des Moines where it was used as a training station until it was run as a family owned business for years. The building was placed on the Des Moines Rehabbers Club's list of endangered buildings in 2008, as it was at risk of being torn down to make way for a parking lot.

Grace Church moved from 19th and Crocker in 1927, selling the cathedral to the Foursquare Gospel Lighthouse. After Aimee Semple McPherson conducted powerful evangelistic and healing meetings in Des Moines in 1927 and 1928, the church experienced explosive growth and revival, with satellite churches branching out across the region.

The Historic East Village stepped in and raised funds to have it moved to the corner of East Third and Walnut in Des Moines. KLM International recently purchased the building and plans to use it as a part of The Kathedral's campus and outreach to the community. "The Filling Station," as it will be called, will be a youth center, providing a safe, positive environment for neighborhood youth after school and in the evenings. For pictures from the move, click here.

KLM International is actively pursuing acquiring the property at 18th and Crocker for The Filling Station's permanent location. As a gas station sat on this corner for 50 years, this location will add to the historic nature of the Sherman Hill district. An initial goal of raising $100,000 for the move and restoration of the gas station and other Kathedral campus projects has been set.

To donate toward the restoration of this historic gas station by check, credit/debit card or electronic check, click here.

Click below to view news stories about The Filling Station.
July 6, 2010
Despite a Few Bumps, Station Comes to Rest in Sherman Hill (Des Moines Register)
July 1, 2010
Gas Station Stuck Under Bridge (KEYC Channel 12 - Mankato)
Gas Station Being Moved Gets Stuck (KEYE Channel 42 - Austin)
June 30, 2010
Old Gas Station Stuck During Move In Des Moines (Des Moines Register)
Stuck! Historic Gas Station Move Hits Snag (KCCI Channel 8 - Des Moines)
July 14, 2009
Historic East Village Gas Station Sold (Des Moines Register)
June 1, 2009
No Bids Yet for DM Building On Ebay (KCCI Channel 8 - Des Moines)
March 30, 2009
Group Works to Save Historic Des Moines Gas Station (KCCI Channel 8 - Des Moines)
February 24, 2009
Des Moines Gas Station Must Be Moved (Des Moines Register)
Des Moines' Seven Most Endangered Buildings: 2008 (Des Moines Rehabbers Club)