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Firm History

1895

Proudfoot and Bird Established

William T. Proudfoot and George W. Bird founded Proudfoot & Bird in Des Moines, Iowa after working in Kansas together. 

1897

Crocker Building

Located on the Southwest corner of 5th and Locust the Crocker Building was the first known office of the firm. 

1898

Collegiate Building - Schaeffer Hall

Proudfoot and Bird won the design competition for the University of Iowa's Collegiate Building currently named Schaeffer Hall.

1900

Dallas County Courthouse

Firm designs the Dallas County Courthouse, which is completed in 1902.

1901

Lang Hall

University of Northern Iowa

1903

Begeman Hall

University of Northern Iowa

Marston Hall

Iowa State University

1905

Biology Building

University of Iowa

1906

Beardshear Hall

Iowa State University

Polk County Courthouse

The Polk County courthouse was completed in 1906. The stone masons who constructed the grotesques took some creative liberty to leave their own personal mark in history. 

1908

Macbride Hall

Macbride Hall, the building of Natural Science, at the University of Iowa was completed in 1908.

1909

Curtiss Hall

Iowa State University

1910

Proudfoot Bird and Rawson

Harry Rawson joins Proudfoot and Bird to form Proudfoot Bird and Rawson around 1910. They emerge as the foremost Architectural firm in the state through the 1920's.

In 1913 the firm moves into the Hubble Building which will house the office for over 80 years. Pictured below is the firm in 1913, the Hubble building, and office plans.

1912

Currier Hall

University of Northern Iowa

Lagomarcino Hall

Iowa State University

Sabin Hall

University of Northern Iowa. Originally called the Training School, Sabin hall was an educational building where young children from the community could go to school while students attending the University could do their "practice teaching" while experienced teachers supervised. In 1957 it was renamed Sabin Hall.

1913

Herring Motor Car Company

The original building located at 110 West 10th street Des Moines, was completed in 1912. Two stories were added on 1 year later. As the company continued to grow Proudfoot Bird and Rawson remained their architect completing yet another building in 1918. 

State Gymnasium

Iowa State University

1915

Des Moines Register and Tribune Building

Des Moines, IA

Greene County Courthouse

Firm designs the Greene County Courthouse, which is completed in 1915.

1916

Bartlett Hall

University of Northern Iowa

1917

Wright Hall

University of Northern Iowa

1919

Hotel Fort Des Moines

Completed in 1919. 

1922

Equitable Building

Des Moines, IA

Lincoln High School

Construction of Lincoln High School completed.

1925

Parks Library

Iowa State University

1926

Campanile

University of Northern Iowa

Mackay Hall

Iowa State University

1928

Memorial Union

Iowa State University

Proudfoot Rawson & Souers

The firm is renamed for the partners Proudfoot, Rawson, and Souers.

1929

Kinnick Stadium

University of Iowa

1932

Dubuque County Courthouse

Dubuque, Iowa

Iowa Des Moines National Bank (US Bank)

Currently known as US Bank, the Art Deco building was originally designed and built for a high rise above the 4th floor. However due to decreased funds the high rise was never constructed.

1933

Brooks & Borg Join the Firm

John Brooks and Elmer Borg join the partnership, Elmer being the first engineering partner. The firm is renamed Proudfoot Rawson Brooks and Borg.

Burton (Des Moines) Building

Des Moines, IA - Art Deco Style

1942

Firm Reduced to Three Employees

The firm reduced to John Brooks and two others during a period of WWII, 1942-1945.

1945

Firm Renamed

After WWII, the firm is renamed Brooks-Borg.

1948

Des Moines Art Center

Brooks-Borg collaborates with Eliel Saarinen to design the Des Moines Art Center, 1945-1948. 

Harvey Ingham Sciences Hall

Drake Univerity, Des Moines, IA - Collaboration with Saarinen, Swanson, Saarinen

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