Hoyt Sherman Place

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Hoyt Sherman Place
Hoyt Sherman Place - Des Moines, Iowa.jpg
Address 1501 Woodland Avenue
Location Des Moines, Iowa
Owner Des Moines Women's Club
Capacity 1,252
Opened 1923


Hoyt Sherman Place
Hoyt Sherman Place is located in Iowa
Hoyt Sherman Place
Coordinates 41°35′19″N 93°38′18″W / 41.58861°N 93.63833°W / 41.58861; -93.63833Coordinates: 41°35′19″N 93°38′18″W / 41.58861°N 93.63833°W / 41.58861; -93.63833
Area 1.3 acres (0.53 ha)
Built 1877
Architect Kraetsen Vorse & Kraetsch
Architectural style Late Victorian
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference # 77000552[1]
Added to NRHP September 19, 1977

Hoyt Sherman Place is the home of Hoyt Sherman, built in 1877 and located in Des Moines, Iowa.


The house stood empty after Sherman's death in January 1904 until 1907 when the Des Moines Women's Club began using it as their clubhouse. The Club added an art gallery to display their art collection creating the first public art museum in the city. Later in 1923, a 1400 seat auditorium was completed for Club programs.[2]

The house was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.

It serves as the primary venue for Ballet Des Moines.


  1. ^ "NPS Focus". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. Retrieved August 1, 2010. 
  2. ^ 100th Birthday of Hoyt Sherman Place 1877-1977: the home of Des Moines Women's Club, by Katherine Love. Des Moines, IA: Des Moines Women's Club. pp. 20.

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