Doors to the Past – A Walking Tour of Homes

2018 marks the 41st Anniversary
Saturday and Sunday, September 29th & 30th from 10am-4pm each day.
Pick-up tickets and programs at the starting point which is
HOYT SHERMAN PLACE, 1501 Woodland Ave., Des Moines, IA 


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Purchased discounted tickets online August 13, 2018 - September 14th, 2018

Day of tour tickets: 

Discount Tickets (before 9/14/18): $12

Tickets (after 9/14/18): $15

Available at Gateway Marketing and the tour starting point at

Hoyt Sherman Place, 1501 Woodland Ave., Des Moines, Iowa 50314 

Students: $5  (valid with student ID)

Children 12 and under: FREE

Sherman Hill, Des Moines’ oldest organized neighborhood, features homes built in the 19th and 20th centuries. The walking tour allows visitors to tour at a leisurely pace where you will be guided through the history and architecture of numerous homes, gardens and buildings. The 2017 tour will consist of around 40 points of interest and historic homes either under rehabilitation or completed.

A district rich in history, Sherman Hill has evolved dramatically from its beginnings in the early 1870's. An initiative to restore the area and many of the buildings back to their original glory began in the 1970's, 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 grandeur. Today the restoration continues, as residents rehabilitate homes and build community.

For inquiries please contact:
Carrie McCollum