Terrace Hill in Des Moines, Iowa is a national historic landmark, it is the official residence of the governor of Iowa. The mansion has a historic architecture, the architecture is reminiscence of the second French empire, the style was popular in the early 19th century. Terrace Hill was built in 1869, it was owned by millionaire Benjamin Franklin Allen. The mansion was used first time as a governor's house in 1976. A carriage house is located near the mansion that has many exhibits on display. Terrace Hill offers guided tours March through December, the mansion is open to tours Tuesday through Saturday.
Things to Do
- Tour the beautiful, historic mansion with your family, visitors for the tours arrive at the carriage house. See a permanent exhibit on the previous owners of the house.
- The mansion has three floors, first floor has the reception area, drawing room, music room, library and sitting room, and the main hall.
- The second floor has the governor's office, and the first lady's office.
- The house has beautiful Victorian furniture, carpets, and historic portraits.
- The mansion is decorated beautifully on Christmas.
- The guided tours of the mansion last for about an hour.
Terrace Hill Insider Tips
- Admission is paid in cash.
- Free parking is available.