Hoyt Sherman Place – Des Moines, Iowa
Visitors can tour this 1877 Victorian-style mansion in Des Moines, Iowa, with its elaborately carved woodwork and wainscoting, marble fireplaces, and brass chandeliers. The rooms are furnished with antiques and decorative items of that era.
This was the home of Hoyt Sherman, one of the founders of Des Moines, until his death in 1904. In 1907, a wing was added to the house and the city’s first art gallery was established there. In 1923, a 1,400-seat theater was constructed. The collection in the art gallery includes 19th-century paintings, elaborate 17th- and 18th-century furniture, statuary, crystal, and silver. The theater is known for its intricate rococo plasterwork domed ceiling and décor.
Admission – None ($2.00 for guided tour)
Directions – at the corner of Woodland Avenue and 15th Street, between U. S. Interstate 235 and Grand Avenue
Hours – 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Monday – Friday (closed last three weeks in August, the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day, and other holidays)
Phone – (515) 243-0913