About Us

Our Story

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 and wireless internet. Each floor offers a galley "refreshment niche" replete with complimentary soft drinks, bottled water, microwave popcorn, and sweets.

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.

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.

Clark and Lauren and their two daughters, Darby and Brigid, look forward to making your stay comfortable.

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