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Ames, Des Moines
Your happily ever after awaits
Let us make your dreams come true. This grand mansion and its beautiful gardens create an idyllic setting for your special event with an elegant backdrop unique to Des Moines. Gothic archways, stained glass windows, gorgeous gardens, a a stunning venue for this milestone celebration. Salisbury House & Gardens is a Tudor England-style castle set atop manicured gardens encased by pristine woodlands. Magnificent photo opportunities throughout the property. Whether you are seeking small and intimate venue for your wedding, or an expansive garden for a large gathering, Salisbury House & Gardens offers an array of options for weddings of varying scope and size. Begin your fairy tale at Salisbury House & Gardens with a memorable wedding that you, your family and friends will never forget.
A 42-room architectural wonder built between 1923 and 1928 by pioneer cosmetics magnate, Carl Weeks and his wife Edith modeled the House after King’s House in Salisbury England. They moved into the House with their four sons in December of 1926.
During the Depression years, new property tax laws compelled Weeks to deed the house to Drake University in 1934. The arrangement allowed the family to live in the house, providing they opened the house to students studying the fine arts. In 1954, Drake University sold the property to the Iowa State Education Association (ISEA). Mrs. Weeks died in 1955 followed by her husband in 1962. The ISEA occupied the house until 1999 when the newly formed Salisbury House Foundation purchased it and its collections for $4 million.