Terrace Hill (Iowa Governor's Mansion)
Terrace Hill is a large mansion located on a hill in the center of Des Moines, Iowa. Built in 1869 in the Second Empire architectural style at the cost of over $250,000, it is now the governor's mansion. It includes a carriage house and sits on 30 acres of land. The most notable feature is the 90 ft. tower. At the time of its construction, it included modern amenities such as hot and cold water, a one-person elevator, and gas lights. The governor and his family live on the third floor. The mansion is open to free tours March through December.
Backstory and Context
"Terrace Hill." National Park Service - National Historic Landmark. July 31, 2003. https://web.archive.org/web/20110606050740/http://tps.cr.nps.gov/nhl/detail.cfm?ResourceId=-1421760360&ResourceType=Building
Wagner, William. "Terrace Hill." National Park Service - National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form. June 14, 1972. https://npgallery.nps.gov/GetAsset/582d74f8-a5cc-4065-af85-01e87c22b5c9.