Terrace Hill

2300 Grand Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50312- Map It
(515) 281-7205

AAA Editor Notes

Terrace Hill is at 2300 Grand Ave. The 1869 Victorian Second Empire mansion stands on a hill overlooking 8.5 acres. Built by Iowa's first millionaire and now the residence of Iowa's governor, the restored estate is furnished in the period from the end of the Civil War through the early 1900s. Highlights include stained-glass windows, crystal chandeliers, stenciling, polished woodwork and elaborate statuary and paintings. Guided tours are available. Time: Allow 1 hour minimum.
$5; $2 (ages 6-12). Cash or check only.
Hours: Guided 1-hour tours of the first and second floors and the formal gardens include a video presentation and depart from the carriage house Tues.-Sat. every hour 10:30-1:30, Mar.-Dec. Closed major holidays.