Art Gallery History

Built in 1907 by the Des Moines Women's Club, the Hoyt Sherman Place Art Galleries house one of the most unique and notable art collections in the city. The gallery consists of two spaces, the first being the art gallery and the second being the Byers Room. The paintings in the art gallery were collected over many years by the Des Moines Women's Club. Many pieces featured in the Byers Room were donated by Major Byers, a close friend of William T. Sherman (brother of Hoyt Sherman). In an effort to preserve these priceless pieces, the Hoyt Sherman Place Foundation launched a restoration project in the hopes that every painting within the galleries and other parts of the facility would be restored to their original grandeur.