Historic Homes Tour

The 2016 Historic Home Tour will be here soon!

Get involved:

  1. Have your house, apartment or business on tour
  2. Serve on the home tour committee
  3. Volunteer on tour days to help it run smoothly

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

Sherman Hill, one of Des Moines’ oldest neighborhoods, will present the 40th Doors to the Past walking tour of historic homes, on Sept. 17-18 and 24-25 from 10am-4pm each day.    


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.

More information on live music and fun

Dates: Sept. 17-18 and 24-25 

Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

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

Students: $5  (valid with student ID)

Children 12 and under: FREE


Advanced tickets discount: TBD

Day of Tour Tickets:

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-3:30pm. 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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