Doors to the Past

“Doors to the Past-Tour of Historic Sherman Hill” the annual tour of our historic neighborhood, will be held September 20, 21, 27 and 28, 2014. Tour hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.


Day of Event: Tickets will be available at the Hoyt Sherman Place box office on September 20, 21, and 27. On September 28 (last day of event), tickets may be purchased at the Mickle Center (1620 Pleasant Street)

Advance ticket prices:

  • $15 for both weekends
  • $10 for one weekend
  • $5 for students with ID
  • Free for children under 12

Day of event tickets prices:

  • $15 for one weekend
  • $5 for students with ID
  • Free for children under 12

Advance tickets: Tickets may be purchased from the following convenient locations:

  • Dahl’s – 3425 Ingersoll Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312-3976
  • Dahl’s – 1819 Beaver Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50310-3899
  • eden – 418 E. 6th street, Des Moines, IA 50310-3899
  • Gateway Market – 2002 Woodland, Des Moines, Iowa 50314
  • Hoyt Sherman Place – 1501 Woodland Ave, Des Moines, Iowa 50314
  • Local branches of Veridian Credit Union

Advance tickets are no longer available online. You may still by tickets for the second week online.

Tickets purchased in advance will be available for pick up at the Hoyt Sherman Place ticket office on the day of the event.

This year’s tour has been sponsored in part by:

Veridian Credit Union

Cafe di Scala; Gateway Market; Gusto Pizza Co.; IBEW Local 347; Orange Leaf

2014 Logo Consolidatoin

Gateway Market Simonson and Associates WesleyLife The Kathedral Smokey Row

This year’s tour will showcase many historic homes, apartments or condominiums over the two weekends. Many of this year’s homes have never been on the tour – while others were on tour before or during major restorations. Some properties will be open both weekends and additional properties will be open that are retail shops, including Classic Hats for Men, Vines to Wine, Gateway Market, A Dong, Smokey Row, and Café Di Scala to name a few.

The walking tour is an inside look at homes, condominiums or apartments, many built in the 1880s and early 1900s. Guests will enjoy a wide variety of décor, from ornate Victorian to Turn-of-the-Century, roaring Twenties to newer ones built within the last few years. Property owners provide a personal tour detailing renovations and preservation projects, both inside and outside.

The 2014 tour will feature several homes that were moved into the neighborhood. Property owners will provide information about their moved homes on yard signs for walking tourists. Some of these homes may be open for tours.

Sherman Hill is one of Des Moines’ oldest surviving neighborhoods. From its establishment in the 1870s, this neighborhood continues to maintain a prominent place in Des Moines historic heritage. Recognized as a historic district listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982 and by the City of Des Moines as part of the Neighborhood Revitalization Program, Sherman Hill offers a unique mix of Victorian, Queen Anne, Italianate, Turn-of-the-Century Four Squares, Double Houses, Stick Style and Flemish architecture.

More details about the 2014 Home Tour will be coming soon!

If you are interested in volunteering or having your home on this year’s tour, please contact Debbie Martin at or Anu Galloway at
THANK YOU to all the VOLUNTEERS, HOSTS, and SPONSORS that make this event possible!

Sherman Hill Association, Inc.
Mickle Neighborhood Resource Center
1620 Pleasant Street, Suite 204
Des Moines, IA 50314 (515) 284-5717

9 Responses to Doors to the Past

  1. Rosemary says:

    2012 tour: While touring the homes I was impressed w/the art/light fixtures at 741 16th. The homeowner shared the name of the supplier of the fixtures. I wrote it down and put it in a safe place. Well, I can’t find that safe place! Would you be kind enough to inquire for that info and pass it along to me? Thank you for the courtesy.


  2. Dave Baker says:

    How long does a tour last? Are the tours 10-4 at any time or at a particular time? Thanks!

    • Rochelle says:

      Yes. Saturday and Sunday, this weekend and next 10 to 4. Start at Hoyt Sherman.

    • Ramona says:

      The homes are open from 10-4. It is not a guided tour, you are given a map and go at your own pace from home to home/room to room. There are docents on each floor with knowledge on the home to share with you; often the homeowner is there to answer any questions. You can take both days in the same weekend to see all the homes or you can whiz round them all in a couple of hours. Though some people drive I would recommend walking and taking a break at one of the local eateries on the way. I hope you decide to go — it’s a pretty neat and unique outing.

  3. Ned Adams says:

    I know this might vary….but how long does it typically take to tour all homes?

    How many homes are featured in the 2014 tour?

  4. Jackie Dare says:

    I seen a beautiful painted lady that was not on the tour, 822 18th street.

  5. Cassandra says:

    On this information it says advance tickets available for pick-up but in the conformation it says they will be mailed.. Which one is it? There’s no way they’d get to my house by Sunday :/

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