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Table of Contents

Section 1

Introduction
1
3D Tour
2
Preface
3
History
4
Allen Era
5
Construction
6
Hubbell Era
7
Iowa Governor's Residence
8
Iowa's Historical Timeline
9
Governors
10
Checkpoint: Interactive
11
Exterior
12
North
13
East
14
South
15
West
16
Interior
17
Drawing Room
18
Reception Room
19
Music Room
20
Dining Room
21
Main Hall
22
East Hall
23
Sitting Room
24
Library
25
Grand Staircase
26
NW Bedroom
27
NE Bedroom
28
SW Bedroom
29
SE Bedroom
30
Third Floor Residence
31
Grounds
32
Pool
33
Carriage House
34
Gardens
35
Checkpoint: Interactive
36
Future
37
Historical Context
38
3D Virtual Tour
39
Schedule a Visit
40
Summary: Interactive
41

Section 2

Conclusion
43
History: Terrace Hill - preview

Section 1: Construction Page 6

The Construction of Terrace Hill

1866-1869
Local newspapers lauded
"Fairy-land castle with towers and turrets."
“Prairie Palace of the West.”
▲NE Exterior, 1899
Characteristics of Terrace Hill
Built on the highest hill in Des Moines

Cost of ~$250,000

(~$4,250,000 in today's dollars)

Iowa's most prized home Designed by Chicago architect William W. Boyington* Landscaped by Job T. Elletson 

Exterior trimmed in artificial stone, dressed limestone, and ornamental wood millwork

Furnished with the best that money could buy; like hot & cold running water, gas lights, lift, indoor restrooms

Site plan included a carriage house, ice house and self-regulating windmill

Decorative wood-carved rope molding surrounds the doors and windows
Floor 3
Housed live-in staff
Floor 2
Decorated in current styles, with carpets, curtains, and custom-designed furniture (New York) Four marble mantels (Sherman Cole and Company of Chicago) Grand staircase (Foster Brothers of Des Moines)
Floor 1
Basement
Kitchen Laundry Drying Rooms Storerooms Servants' Dining Vault

*Boyington trained first as a carpenter, then as an architect and an engineer. Boyington varied his designs from modest cottages to elaborate office and commercial buildings. He was one of the few prominent architects in Chicago before the disastrous Great Chicago Fire of 1871.  Terrace Hill is one of the three important residential Second Empire designs that Boyington created outside of Chicago during this period. The others are the General Dodge House in Council Bluffs, Iowa (1869) and the Hegeler-Carus Mansion in La Salle, Illinois (1874). Boyington also designed other notable Des Moines buildings, like the current World Food Prize Hall of Laureates and the current Des Moines Social Club.

 
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