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Secrets of Great Places Event Announced

Posted September 06, 2012 in Des Moines West, Community Web Exclusives

DES MOINES, IOWA, September 4, 2012 – Enjoy an evening exploring the historic Hoyt Sherman Place during the Iowa Architectural Foundation’s fourth-annual “Secrets of Great Places” Landmark Party and fundraiser on Wednesday, September 26, 2012. During this special night, stroll through the historic Hoyt Sherman House, roam the magnificent art gallery, and tour the beautifully restored theater.
Throughout the evening, participants will have the opportunity socialize, enjoy hors d’oeuvres and drinks, and bid on unique silent auction items. Tickets are $35.00 in advance or $40.00 at the door. All proceeds benefit the Iowa Architectural Foundation and its educational/outreach programs.

Event Details:
Secrets of Great Places: Iowa Architectural Foundation Landmark Party and Fundraiser
Hoyt Sherman Place
1501 Woodland Avenue, Des Moines
Wednesday, September 26, 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
$35.00 in advance or $40.00 at the door

Tickets are available online through Red Truck Tickets (

Hoyt Sherman moved to Des Moines in 1848 and established the first local post office and bank. During his storied career, he was appointed Army paymaster by President Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War, worked with others to establish the Equitable of Iowa Insurance Company, and was part of the movement to install Des Moines’ waterworks system. He built a glorious mansion in 1877 in what is now the historic Sherman Hill district. An art gallery and theatre were added to the grounds by the Des Moines Women’s Club after Sherman’s death.

The Iowa Architectural Foundation is a charitable organization established in 1989 to promote awareness of the contribution of architecture and community design to the quality of life in Iowa. The Foundation pursues its mission through youth education programs, community design charrettes, architectural walking tours, and an annual lecture series. Visit for more information.


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