1856 James and Annie Savery move from Massachusetts to Des Moines
1865 James Savery buys the land on the southwest corner of 4th and Walnut Streets and builds a hotel for Annie that will bear her name.
1878 The Hotel Savery is completed but inflation caused by the Civil War results in the hotel losing money and the Savery's raising the room rate from $2.00 to $3.00 which outrages some travelers.
1888 After moving to New York and developing a business, James and Annie Savery return to Des Moines to open the second Savery Hotel
1891/1905 James and Annie Savery pass away
1919 During World War II, Des Moines was the location for the first Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) training center. The Hotel Savery augmented the facilities at Fort Des Moines and served as the induction center, barracks, mess hall, and classrooms from 1942 to 1945.
1920-2016 During its history, the Savery Hotel plays hosts to every sitting president, presidential hopeful, world leaders and celebrities.
2016 On August 21, 2016, the Renaissance Des Moines Savery Hotel closes its doors for a year-long multi-million dollar renovation to restore the hotel to its original glamour.
2017 The Renaissance Des Moines Savery Hotel lights up again with the reopening of the historic hotel in downtown Des Moines.