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Hoyt Sherman Place Foundation

Hoyt Sherman Place creates outstanding experiences for the cultural,historic and educational benefit of central Iowa, its residents and communities.



Hoyt Sherman Place (HSP) remains the centerpiece of Des Moines’s Sherman Hill Historic District and a hub for cultural entertainment. With three distinct facets, the facility remains unique in its purpose and direction.

Major Hoyt Sherman, one of Des Moines’ founding fathers, built the mansion in 1877. It still stands today as tribute to his accomplishments. The first floor, including the original dining room set, is open free to the public Monday-Friday.

The second component, built in 1907, served as the first art gallery in Des Moines. The space currently displays paintings, sculpture and historic artifacts. Restoration of all paintings and frames in the mansion and art galleries was completed last year.

The third component, a 1,252-seat theater, fills a niche in the community by hosting singer/songwriters, comedians, and radio and TV personalities. While attracting national artists has heightened the appreciation of Hoyt Sherman Place in central Iowa, the use of its space for local theatrical productions, dance recitals, graduations, speakers and weddings is what has solidified its legacy in the community’s heart.

Hoyt Sherman Place hosts more than 300 events per year in the Theater and Art Galleries, welcoming more than 105,000 guests.

In FY18, HSP supported community groups like the Des Moines Women’s Club, Ballet Des Moines, Edmunds Elementary, Oakridge Community, Sherman Hill Neighborhood Association, several local dance studios, and many other groups by providing reduced facility rental fees. In FY18 alone, HSP donated more than $75,000 in reduced costs that impacted more than 20,000 attendees.