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Terrace Hill, Des Moines

4.6
Built in 1869 by Iowa's First Millionaire, Benjamin Franklin Allen, Terrace Hill is one of Iowa's most treasured homes. After Allen suffered a reversal of fortune, he sold "the palace of the prairie" to Frederick Marion Hubbell. The property stayed in the Hubbell family for 70 years and was given by the Hubbell heirs to the State of Iowa in 1971. Since then, Iowa’s governors and their families have lived on the third floor and have graciously entertained dignitaries, school children, and visitors from all over the world.
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  • Too beautiful for words. Beautiful gardens, excellent tour guides, so much history and a Windsor in the mix no one can explain. Such a mystery! Where did she hide during the war?  more »
  • This 150-year-old home (built in 1869) is now the governor's official residence. But they do tours and it's well worth your time. It truly is a set back in history. One suggestion: Do a bit of researc...  more »
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  • My nieces took my sister and me to a tea today at Terrace Hill. It was a lovely time.
  • Wonder why house sits. And what the history is on it.

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