Butler House on Grand

4507 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa 50312
Innkeeper(s): Lauren and Clark Smith

Table Of Contents

  • Introduction

    Welcome to Butler House on Grand, a beautiful historic inn located in Des Moines, Iowa.

    Top B&B ~ INNSide Scoop One of America's Most Romantic Inns ~ American Historic Inns Innkeepers of the Year One of the Top Ten B&B's for Business Travelers ~ USA Today Featured in Des Moines Register, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Minneapolis Star Tribune and the Seattle Times

    Butler House on Grand offers a choice of seven guest rooms, each unique in decor. All seven rooms feature the luxury of private bathrooms, air-conditioning, in-room televisions with cable/HBO, and in-room telephones with modem connections. Each floor offers a galley "refreshment niche" replete with complimentary soft drinks, bottled water, microwave popcorn, and sweets. Wireless Internet access is available.

    We welcome you to relax in our grand living room, whether you choose to listen to music, play one of our many parlor games or sit by the hand carved, Gothic-style limestone fireplace. Enjoy the books and movies on our library shelves during your stay in our home.

    Enjoy your delicious breakfast at Lauren's grandmother's table in the elegant dining room, and be certain to note the impressive molded plaster relief ceiling and polished marble floor.

    There is so much to see and do in Des Moines. Butler House on Grand is located directly across from the Des Moines Art Center and Greenwood Park. Greenwood Park has a lovely rose garden, walking trails, swimming pool, playground equipment and a beautiful pond. Bring your bike, if you want. We have a great bike trail that starts across the street too!

  • History

    In 1923 Robert and Edith Butler completed building their magnificent home on Grand Ave. The house was designed by the talented architect, Norman T. Vorse. The Butlers, along with their three children Robert, Margaret and John, Mr. Butler's parents and the family's cook, Mary, initially resided in Butler House. For 40 years the family roamed around in the 6100 sq. ft Tudor home.

    Mrs. Butler sold the home in 1963 to an individual who wanted to convert the home into condos. Fortunately, the house was constructed too well and those plans were changed. The new owner instead decided to build a five-story condominium building on the site of the home's beautiful gardens. He then converted the home into an eight-unit apartment building. Careful effort was made to keep much of what was unique about the home. During the next thirty years the home was to have ten owners. The Smiths purchased the property in 1996 with the intention of converting the home back to a single dwelling and to welcome guests to its seven bedrooms.

    The house was the Des Moines Symphony Alliance Designer Show House in the fall of 1999. The B&B features the work of area designers and artists. Butler House on Grand has been used for numerous photo shoots for various Meredith Publications, including Better Homes & Gardens, Midwest Living and Paint Decor magazines. Butler House on Grand has also been featured in the Des Moines Register, Home Style Magazine, The New York Sun, Cityview, Des Moines Business Record, and 50 Plus.