Hoyt Sherman Place
2015 - Venues/Ballrooms
Nestled on the eastern edge of the historic Sherman Hill district in Des Moines, Hoyt Sherman Place boasts one of the city’s most magnificent entertainment venues.
Built by prominent pioneer businessman Hoyt Sherman in 1877, the elegant family home is graced with marble fireplaces, parquet floors and a carved mahogany entryway. Expanded over the years, the building also includes an impressive art gallery as well as a grand historic performance theatre.
The building stood empty after Sherman passed away in January of 1904, until 1907 when members of the Des Moines Women’s Club began using it as their clubhouse. The Club added the art gallery and invited many guest speakers to Hoyt Sherman Place; including Amelia Earhart, Helen Keller and Grant Wood. The gorgeous 1400 seat theatre was completed in 1923.
Now, over 100 years since Hoyt Sherman built his home, Hoyt Sherman Place is a prominent community attraction. Thanks to the Hoyt Sherman Place Foundation, the historical landmark is alive with concerts. Many of our country’s brightest stars and musical legends have performed on this stage. The tradition continues today and will do so well into the future.
Hoyt Sherman Place is honored with induction into the IRRMA Hall of Fame for its continued excellence in providing a beautiful venue in which musicians can perform and for its rich history of presenting music to the masses.