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Historic Character, Modern Design


Historic spaces deserve preservation. That’s why AP Lofts took special care to transform the 100-year-old Hawkeye Transfer Building into an atmospheric space with exceptional views.
The building offers 70 market-rate apartments with modern conveniences yet maintains the charismatic personality and original detailing of this distinctive, century-old warehouse.
When the Hawkeye Transfer Building was completed in 1911 it was used as a transfer warehouse for perishable produce. It gained special historic significance as “the only tall commercial design” produced by the architectural firm of Proudfoot, Bird & Rawson known as Iowa’s preeminent early-twentieth-century architectural firm.

The rehabilitation was designed to highlight the building’s history as a utilitarian commercial space, while providing residents a contemporary living space. Massive windows flood the space with light and gracious amenities make urban living a convenient and comfortable choice.

Committed to socially responsible projects such as Hawkeye Transfer Lofts, Nelson Construction & Development maintains a vision for broader revitalization projects throughout Greater Des Moines.


More than expected.


Gracious amenities make urban living even more appealing at AP Lofts. Conveniently located just minutes from fun and trendy local attractions, entertainment and eateries, there’s more to loft living than people expect.

Amenities include:

Controlled Entry Building • Convenient Building Elevators
Rooftop Patio with Firepit and Grill • Fitness Center
Pet Friendly - With Restrictions



Underground Parking


The hassle of scraping your windshield or circling streets for prime parking just vanished. We’re pleased to provide underground parking.
Single spaces are available for a monthly fee of $95 or grab a tandem space for $140.

Rooftop Deck


Enjoy impressive city views. Illuminate with front-row seating to local fireworks displays. Entertain friends in a contemporary, casual space. AP Lofts’ rooftop deck creates a relaxing ambience to interact with other tenants or to soak up the sun and scenery in your downtime.

In-Unit Laundry

no quarters needed

Elbowing in for your turn at the community washer or dryer is a thing of the past. We think you deserve better. That’s why each AP Lofts unit includes a full-sized washer and dryer.



Fitness Center


Staying fit and active gets simpler with AP Lofts' in-house fitness facility. Well equipped with new treadmill, elliptical, and circuit training machines, the facility is available to all tenants at no additional charge. Plus, your workouts fit perfectly into your busy schedule because our in-house fitness facility is fully accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


Downtown Des Moines' Warehouse District.


AP Lofts is only blocks away from the nightlife of Court Avenue, the hustle and bustle of the core, and the art and restaurants of the Western Gateway. Its location, tucked away in the warehouse district, lets you find nearby parking and hit the trails with ease.