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Sherman Hill - Doors To the Past

The weekends of - Sept. 16 & 17 and 23 & 24, 2017, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. each day.

Sherman Hill is one of Des Moines’ oldest neighborhoods. From its beginning in the 1870s until today, the neighborhood maintains a prominent place in the city’s heritage and its architecture earned the distinction of Des Moines’ first local historical district in 1982.

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.

Advance tickets may also be purchased online beginning August 1, 2017

Day of tour tickets must be purchased at:

     Hoyt Sherman Place, 501 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

Tour volunteers receive free tickets to the tour.


RIVER BEND Neighborhood - 2017 - Saturday May 20 - Sunday May 21, 2017
The River Bend Local Historic District went into effect on February 2, 2012, following designation by the Des Moines City Council in January. This is a major achievement by the River Bend Neighborhood Association and will ensure that the Neighborhood’s historic housing stock and commercial buildings are safeguarded for future generations. The Local Historic District consists of the four areas of River Bend that had previously been named National Historic Landmarks. The Association is committed to helping River Bend residents and property owners understand how this designation may impact them, answer questions regarding the certificate of appropriateness approval process, and identify financial incentives for making property improvements. Please see below for helpful resources.

Only three weeks until River Bend's 20th annual home tour. We still have plenty of volunteer opportunities available- helping our artists move their wares into/out of the art house, selling tickets on tour days, or welcoming visitors into one of our homes.
Nothing super hard, but very important roles in supporting another successful tour... plus each shift earns you a free ticket!!