Hoyt Sherman Place Receives Prairie Meadows Legacy Grant
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Friday, July 22, 2016
Hoyt Sherman Place Foundation Receives Prairie Meadows Legacy Grant
Hoyt Sherman Place’s mission is to create outstanding experiences for the cultural, historical and educational benefit of Central Iowa and its residents and communities. Now, as a Prairie Meadows $100,000 Legacy Grant recipient, the Hoyt Sherman Place Foundation will be able to do just that.
Hoyt Sherman Place is the premiere historic cultural center in Iowa and works to present outstanding performances, celebrate Iowa’s history, and grow arts and culture in the region. While its Galleries and 1,250-seat Theater have hosted some of the best singer/songwriters, recording artists, comedians, and entertainment personalities, the use of its space for local dance recitals, graduations, swearing in ceremonies, and weddings are what have solidified Hoyt Sherman Place in the community’s heart.
With the newly acquired funds, the historic venue will be able to complete the next phase of its restoration plan. The project’s start-date is slated for July 1, 2016 and will continue for approximately 36 months. The plans call for much needed repairs and modifications including updated heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems for the Mansion and Art Gallery, converting to an energy efficient centralized control system, as well as installing additional accessible entrance ramps, restroom remodels, and an outdoor patio space, with naming rights going to Prairie Meadows.
With a building as historic as Hoyt Sherman Place, originally built in 1877 by Des Moines businessman and pioneer, Hoyt Sherman, constant maintenance is required due to its aging infrastructure and mechanical systems beyond their useful lives. Once these repairs are complete, Hoyt Sherman Place staff will be able to dedicate their time and financial resources toward the special events and educational programs that attract over 75,000 attendees year-round. By no longer needing to dip into reserve funds, staff plans to nearly double the amount of annual, ticketed headliner events as well as grow its annual operating budget and earned income. All these factors will aid and contribute to Hoyt Sherman Place’s lasting legacy, a legacy Mr. Hoyt Sherman himself could be proud of.
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