The home of Hoyt Sherman was "a society showplace of the grandest scale." Among its distinguished guests in history are General Sherman, General Grant, General Sheridan, and Major McKinley. Over the years, the second floor of the home was converted for much needed offices by the Des Moines Women’s Club and the Hoyt Sherman Place Foundation.
After the Center for Artists and Education addition was completed in 2020, Hoyt Sherman Place now had the room it needed, and the mansion could be restored to its original glory. The full restoration of the upper level of the mansion was completed in 2021. The COVID-19 shutdown in 2020 allowed for the time needed to restore the second floor to the original floorplan, including Hoyt and Sara Sherman’s bedroom as well as their daughter Helen Sherman’s bedroom.
The rooms have been restored top to bottom including period-appropriate lighting fixtures, original paint colors, flooring and décor. Many of the pieces were donated by generous donors who are interested in the history and preservation of Hoyt Sherman Place.
In addition to the second floor restoration, a mobility-impaired lift has been added to allow all visitors access to the second floor.
The gallery is open free of charge to the public Monday through Friday from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. You are welcome to come browse the collection on your own or sign up for a guided tour by the knowledgeable staff.