27 Jan 2017

E-NEWS | Pre-Leasing Begins

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It’s happening! Mainframe Studios is pleased to announce that our pre-leasing application is now live. We encourage all artists looking for studio space to apply since those who are not awarded a studio during Phase 1 due to strong demand will be prioritized for Phase 2 studios. This is time for arts-related nonprofits to apply […]

2 Nov 2016

Renovation | Window Installation Begins

We’ve waited long enough! Renovations at Mainframe Studios are underway. Those driving by the building this month will notice new windows being installed on our fourth floor. We are excited to share these lapse videos and images of cutting out the first window opening. It’s the smallest window on the floor, which faces west. It provided a perfect […]

30 Aug 2016

Des Moines Register | Construction to Start on Downtown Artist Studios

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A nonprofit plans to turn a downtown office into nearly 200 artists studios. A recent land sale put the project a step closer to reality. By JOEL ASCHBRENNER | August 30, 2016 The proposal to create a five-story complex of artist studios in downtown Des Moines just took a key step forward. Mainframe Studios, the nonprofit […]

25 Aug 2016

Business Record | Mandelbaums following path they predicted for Mainframe Studios

BY KENT DARR, Senior Staff Writer Thursday, August 25, 2016 If Justin Mandelbaum was getting impatient to start converting a telecommunications building into a multipurpose space for artists and nonprofit organizations, he wasn’t showing it. Mandelbaum, and his father, John, wanted the project to be self-sustaining. The first indication that they are sticking to that […]

24 Aug 2016

PRESS RELEASE | Construction to begin at Mainframe Studios

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Permanent affordable artist workspace becoming a reality in Des Moines Des Moines, IA (August 24, 2016) – Mainframe Studios (MainframeStudios.org) is beginning its renovation to convert the former CenturyLink facility at 900 Keosauqua Way in downtown Des Moines into permanent affordable workspace for artists of all disciplines. The 501(c)(3) nonprofit has sold a portion of […]

10 Aug 2016

Call for Volunteers: Photographers

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Mainframe Studios is starting renovations! We firmed up details for the demolition plan during yesterday’s walk-through. Now we’re seeking a few photographers interested in helping document the process from start to finish. This will be an exciting opportunity to have an insider’s access to the project. Before work begins we hope to begin documenting all aspects of the building next […]

13 Jul 2016

E-NEWS: The New Name of DesMoinesArts

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To stay up to date, subscribe to our newsletter here. With the trademark process complete, we are pleased to announce that DesMoinesArts is now Mainframe Studios. Did you know 900 Keosauqua Way was originally built to house mainframe computers? Ever wonder why it looks like a fortress? Those computers didn’t need windows offering natural light […]

13 May 2016


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With the trademark process complete, we are pleased to announce that DesMoinesArts is now Mainframe Studios. It is exciting to have a name that offers us a unique identity and a nod to our building’s history. 900 Keosauqua Way was originally designed by Charles Herbert & Associates to house mainframe computers on the top floors. Now repurposing the building […]

20 Nov 2015

Planning & Zoning Results

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In yesterday’s call to action, we shared how the sale of our excess land to QuikTrip will provide a critical portion of our project funding, allowing us to start construction immediately. Last night, City of Des Moines Planning & Zoning Commission voted against QuikTrip’s site plan. Planning & Zoning is a recommending board and this […]

19 Nov 2015

Planning & Zoning Meeting

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Artist Voices Needed Tonight! A critical portion of our project funding is at risk. Tonight, City of Des Moines Planning & Zoning Commission is voting on the site plan of a piece of land we’re selling to QuikTrip. The sale is critical to our ability to start construction. Art316 and Northland Studios have both closed […]