Doors to the Past – A Walking Tour of Homes

2017 marks the 40th Anniversary of The Sherman Hill Association “Doors to the Past, A Walking Tour of Homes” on September 16, 17, 23, and 24, 2017 from 10am-4pm each day.

Discount advance tickets may be purchased through noon on Sept. 14th at – all tickets to be picked up from the Hoyt Sherman Place Box Office on the day you start your tour.

Day of tour tickets will be $15 per weekend or $20 for both weekends. During the event, all tickets must be purchased at: Hoyt Sherman Place

1501 Woodland Ave
Des Moines, Iowa 50314 

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Volunteer here to help on tour days to help it run smoothly. Volunteers receive a FREE ticket to any day of the tour.

Tickets: $15/1 weekend or $20/both weekends 

Students: $5  (valid with student ID)

Children 12 and under: FREE

Sherman Hill, one of Des Moines’ oldest organized neighborhoods is listed on the National Register of Historic Districts and features homes developed in the 19th and 20th Centuries. The walking tour allows visitors to tour at a leisurely pace where they will be guided through the history and architecture of numerous homes, gardens and buildings. Sherman Hill is home to approximately 300 structures. The 2017  tour will consist of about 15 historic homes either under rehabilitation or completed AND numerous points of interest.

For inquiries please contact:
Carrie McCollum

Additional Tour Detail

The tour has become a Des Moines’ staple, featuring historic homes built in the 19th and 20th centuries. The walking tour allows visitors to tour homes at a leisurely pace as homeowners and volunteers guide walkers through homes, describing the history and architecture of each structure. The homes are in various stages of restoration, giving visitors a unique view of the neighborhood. 

A district rich in history, Sherman Hill has evolved dramatically from its beginnings in the early 1870s. An initiative to restore the area and many of the buildings back to their original glory began in the 1970s, and Sherman Hill was officially listed in the National Register of Historic Districts in 1982. 

Today the restoration continues, as many of the buildings are still being rehabilitated to their original forms. Sherman Hill is home to more than 150 homes and apartment buildings, representing Victorian, Queen Anne, Italianate, Classic, Stick and Flemish styles of architecture.

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