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801 Grand - The roof is made out of copper sheeting that was designed to form a green coating of verdigris over time, much like the Statue of Liberty. However, unlike New York City, the air salt content in Des Moines was so low that the desired oxidation process failed. The result was the copper turned a dark brown. Discussions on possible removal of the top layer of copper that would allow crews to purposely cause the oxidation process to create verdigris resulted in the decision to leave the roof as is in its current state. - wikipedia
Two of my recent photos were just used in this blog on movoto.com with a post titled 30 Instagram Photos that Will Make You Fall in Love with Des Moines. So I am reposting these again and giving everyone a reminder to follow me on Instagram @rileyjbriggs and check out rileyb.me/dsm for a deeper exploration of the greatest city in the world. Also subscribe to my newsletter to see all my latest blog posts.