Italian American Cultural Center of Iowa purchasing iconic Butler Mansion for $3.3 million

Jan 01, 2021 1126

BY: Kathy A. Bolten

The Butler Mansion, the striking white concrete building that sits on a hill overlooking Gray’s Lake and downtown Des Moines, has a new owner. The Italian American Cultural Center of Iowa is buying the property at 2633 Fleur Drive on contract for $3.3 million, according to Polk County real estate records. The transaction was recorded Dec. 28.

"We are really happy with where we are and now, where our future will be," said Paolo Bartesaghi, president of organization. "We needed a bigger place. It’s still on the south side [of Des Moines]. … It’s a perfect location for us." The group has outgrown its current facility at 1961 Indianola Ave., where it’s been located for 28 years. 

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