4025 Tonawanda Drive
Des Moines, IA 50312
"if you like art, architecture and history, enjoy interacting with people, and have a few open hours in your monthly schedule, we'd like to hear from you! Salisbury House and Gardens is looking for tour guides, Visitor Center desk assistants, and special event volunteers. Training is provided. Flexible scheduling. Contact Sheri Blair, Volunteer Coordinator, at 515-274-1777 or email firstname.lastname@example.org."
Information below is from their website: http://salisburyhouse.org/about_salisbury_house.php.
Each year, Salisbury House & Gardens welcomes thousands of visitors for a wide array of cultural, educational and social events.
If You Can Dream It, You Can Build It
Carl Weeks and Salisbury House Timeline
- Architects Boyd & Moore of Des Moines and William Whitney Rasmussen of New York collaborated in the design of a Tudor-style manor, with Gothic porches and a Carolean brick addition.
- Cost to build the House was $1.5 million, plus another $1.5 million for furnishings.
- Located on a woodsy 9.5-acres on what was then the far west side of Des Moines, the estate would include the House, a caretakers cottage, gardens and grounds, as well as nine acres of virgin woodlands.
- The roof was made of modern hand-made tiles, but the west section and cottage were covered with 17th century tile from Lord Nelson’s Trafalgar estate in England.
- At 22,500 square feet on four floors, the 42-room mansion originally included 17 bedrooms and16 bathrooms.
- The House’s interiors included imported 16th-century English oak paneling and floors, as well as five fireplaces.
- Furnishings included many pieces of antique furniture, tapestries, fine art, rare books and an eclectic array of items that made up a global collection of some 10,000 pieces.