Doors to the Past – A Walking Tour of Homes

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The Sherman Hill Association presents their annual “Doors to the Past, A Walking Tour of Homes” on September 17, 18, 24, and 25, 2016 from 10am-4pm each day.

Advance tickets may also be purchased at the following Des Moines locations and will be available up to close of business (5pm) on Friday, September 16:

Hoyt Sherman Place, 1501 Woodland Ave. (Cash or check only)

Gateway Market, 2002 Woodland Ave.

Beaverdale Books, 2629 Beaver Ave. (Cash or check only)

Day of tour tickets must be purchased at Hoyt Sherman Place (Cash or check only)

1501 Woodland Ave
Des Moines, Iowa 50314 

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 tour will consist of about 15 properties either under rehabilitation or completed.

The tour is supported in part by grants from the Neighborhood Investment Corporation (NIC), Veridian Credit Union and the Burnett Team at Keller Williams Realtors.

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

For inquiries please contact:
Jack C. Porter
815 18th Street;

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.

Special thanks to our tour sponsors: The Burnett Team at Keller Williams Greater Des MoinesVeridian Credit Union and the Neighborhood Investment Corporation.

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