Doors to the Past

Check out the 2015 Home Tour Line-up HERE!

Sherman Hill, one of Des Moines’ oldest neighborhoods, will present the 39th Doors to the Past walking tour of historic homes, on Sept. 19-20 and 26-27.    


Presented by Veridian Credit Union, 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.

Enjoy music on the Wallace House (756 16th St) porch every day of the tour! See schedule below:

9/19: Max Wellman, 1-3pm; 9/20: Nick Leo Trio, 12-2pm; 9/26: Bill Matykowski, 11am-1pm; 9/27 Ortonville Circus, 10am-12pm

On Saturday, 9/26, the uniformed Honor Guard of Iowa Military Heritage Society will be positioned around Hoyt Sherman Place from 10am – 2pm.

Honors Detail 49th Iowa

Dates: Sept. 19-20 and 26-27 

Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

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

Students: $5 

Children 12 and under: FREE

ON SALE DATE: August 1, 2015

Advance ticket discount period is now over. To purchase 1st weekend and both weekend tickets, please visit Hoyt Sherman Place or Gateway Market.

Online tickets are no longer available. Please visit Hoyt Sherman Place to purchase tickets 10am-4pm, Saturday, 9/26 & Sunday, 9/27.

Hoyt Sherman Place (Cash or Check ONLY)
1501 Woodland Ave
Des Moines, Iowa 50314  

To purchase tickets the days of the tour, go to the box office at Hoyt Sherman Place (1501 Woodland Ave) between 10am-4pm. This is the suggested starting point of the tour and where the brochure map will be available.

Special thanks to our other tour sponsors: The Burnett Team at Keller Williams Greater Des MoinesCafe di Scala and The Kathedral.

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