Terrace Hill – Des Moines, Iowa

  Terrace Hill - Des Moines, Iowa.jpgTerrace Hill – Des Moines, Iowa

This 1869 opulent and excellent example of Second Empire architecture is now the home of Iowa’s governor. Built by B. F. Allen, Iowa’s first millionaire, and then lived in by the Frederick M. Hubbell family from 1884 until 1971, this stately mansion is situated on Des Moines’s highest hill and overlooks the Des Moines downtown from the west.

The Hubbell family hosted many lavish social and historic events in the home. The mansion’s public areas showcase works of art, stained-glass windows, crystal chandeliers, stenciling, elaborate statuary, historical artifacts, and rare antiques. It is situated on eight and one-half acres. A Victorian formal garden is being recreated, and tours of this area are available May through September.

Admission – $5 for adults, $2 for children ages 6-12

Directions – 2300 Grand Ave., Des Moines, Iowa  50312

Hours – 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Tuesday – Saturday, March — December (tours of the first and second floors start in the gift shop area); by appointment , February (closed holidays)

Phone – (515) 281-3064 

Email: Tours: erin.delcollo@iowa.gov

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