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Terrace Hill

2300 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312-5308
+1 515-281-7205
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A Place of Pride

Terrace Hill is the Governor's residence/mansion for the state of Iowa. The lower level is open... read more

Reviewed 15 June 2016
wakondarev
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Des Moines, Iowa
Bargain Price to see a treasure of Iowa

Iowan's should be proud of the work of their historical society to preserve the history. I had the... read more

Reviewed 26 March 2016
Dominic Z
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La Plata, Maryland
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Historic Governor's mansion.
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2300 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312-5308
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Reviewed 15 June 2016

Terrace Hill is the Governor's residence/mansion for the state of Iowa. The lower level is open to the public. The upper level is the residence of the Governor and his family and is private. It is well kept and very interesting to tour, especially at...More

1  Thank wakondarev
Reviewed 26 March 2016

Iowan's should be proud of the work of their historical society to preserve the history. I had the priviledge to tour to Terrace Hill and what architectural marvel. The history behind the building is excellent. It is one of many must see buildings in Des...More

2  Thank Dominic Z
Reviewed 4 March 2016

This is a beautiful Victorian home built in the 1880s complete with furnishings from the period. Our family of four were the only people on the tour, so we were able to take our time and ask lots of questions. I was disappointed that we...More

2  Thank Dan C
Reviewed 16 February 2016

This mansion was formerly the home for the Hubbell family. They gave it to the State of Iowa and it was made into the Governors home. It takes one back to Victorian times with its wide staircase with a huge stained glass window at the...More

2  Thank Jody030
Reviewed 31 December 2015

We enjoyed our outstanding tour guide and felt that we were able to see more and learn more than on a larger tour (6 in our group). The $5 entry fee is a bargain. We were visiting Des Moines and were so glad we stopped...More

1  Thank Jan B
Reviewed 12 October 2015

Unique house, cool story. Tours very well done. 1st lady of Iowa even made an appearance while we were there.

1  Thank Sarah S
Reviewed 29 September 2015

Unexpected gem of a Victorian mansion used as the Governor's residence. One is permitted to tour the entire house except for the top floor which has been remodeled and updated for the Governor. Beautiful building with stained glass and pure history. We were there as...More

1  Thank guvhuney
Reviewed 12 July 2015

Visited this wonderful old mansion and learned a lot about the present governor The rooms are richly decorated with beautiful Victorian furniture and wonderful rugs The grounds are beautiful and there is a very interesting video about the different owners in the visitors center. There...More

1  Thank bradyboy2
Reviewed 7 July 2015

The Salisbury house is a very well kept example of a Victorian Mansion. As you walk from room to room you can picture the parties, or family gatherings that took place there. Today you might be lucky enough to meet the governor or a family...More

Thank Kathie S
Reviewed 10 April 2015

Terrace Hill is an interesting home in beautiful condition. The third floor is the private residence of the governor and therefore off-limits. Unfortunately, every room on the first two floors are also off limits. The tour consists of an interesting 15 minute video, and then...More

2  Thank J G
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lucy c
15 September 2015|
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Response from Kathie S | Reviewed this property |
Do a google search for Terrace Hill, Des Moines, IA They do offer tours and a number to call to book a tour and an email for contact information.
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