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Terrace Hill

Terrace Hill was designed by famous Chicago architect, William Boyington.

Built in 1869 by Iowa's first millionaire, Benjamin F. Allen,

the residence has been restored to it's original state of Victorian grandeur.

Given to the state in 1971,

Terrace Hill is the Iowa Governor's Residence and a National Historic Landmark.

Terrace Hill has been named one of the finest examples of Second Empire architecture

west of the Hudson River.

Guided tours are offered Tuesday through Saturday:

10:30 AM and 12:30 PM by reservation

Please call 515-281-7205 to make a reservation.

Terrace Hill is closed January, February, and major holidays.


The Terrace Hill Partnership is a non-profit 501(c)3. Contributions are tax-deductible to the full extent permitted by law.

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