2801 Fleur Drive, Des Moines, Iowa, United States, 50321
This elaborate home was built in 1925-27 by Ralph Rollins, owner of Rollins Hosiery Mills. Rollins was friends with cosmetics maker Carl Weeks, who built another signature Des Moines home, Salisbury House. Both homes were designed by local architects Byron Boyd & Herbert Moore, & both are on the National Register of Historic Places. According to an official history of the Rollins home, the two Des Moines businessmen “spent a considerable amount of time studying English homes & Tudor architecture.”
As part of their travel “Mr. Rollins brought back 16th century ship beams & ceiling beams from the Inn where William Shakespeare performed,” the history says. Rollins sold the home in 1931 to the estate of Meredith Corp. founder, E.T. Meredith, who had died in 1928. Meredith’s daughter, Mildred, & her husband, Fred Bohen, moved into the home in 1939 & owned it until the 1970s when it was sold to Des Moines lawyer Lex Hawkins, who used it as office space. Hawkins sold it in 1995 to the Clarke Cos.
Size: 12,067 Sq. Ft.
Specialty Items: Built from 1925-27 by Ralph Rollins, 1.86 Acres, Slate Roof, Extensive Woodwork.
Address: 2801 Fleur Drive, Des Moines, Iowa, United States, 50321