he Historic All Saints Church in Stuart, Iowa has been transformed by a $4 million
restoration project and now the Saints Center is officially open! The former church was once
voted the Most Beautiful Church in Iowa by the readers of the Des Moines Register, but then fell victim to a hate crime in 1995 by an arsonist who wanted to "take the heart and soul out of a community".
The parish has since built a new Catholic church on the outskirts of town, but the Project Restore Foundation didn't give up over the years and successfully rallied for its restoration. After being awarded a Vision Iowa grant, the city of Stuart passed a tax referendum in order to help pay for the old church to become a community cultural center. This much-needed public space now serves as host to concerts, school events, weddings, family gatherings, conferences and more. Welcome!
Kirk Blunck of HLKB Architecture in Des Moines was the lead architect with Koester Construction of Grimes. Together they built a unique adaptive reuse of the structure and created the new home of the Saints Center for Culture and the Arts. The facility doesn't look exactly the way it did before the fire and in fact, leaders have left some of the walls exposed as an educational experience. And interestingly, this project was completed exactly 100 years later after the first dedication of the building back in 1910 by the city's forefathers.
Calendar of Events
View our calendar for the latest information on the special events taking place at the Saints Center.
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Our Main Hall features a 90ft. dome with a Cathedral ceiling while the smaller Chapel has been restored with original chandeliers, woodwork and stained-glass windows. Reserve your space today.