View Full Version : Terrace Hill Recreation

02-01-2006, 05:45 PM
Terrace Hill (http://www.terracehill.org/), or "The Palace of the Prairie", as it is sometimes known, is the Iowa Governor's Mansion, located in Des Moines, Iowa. I recently bought A Field Guide to American Houses (http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbnInquiry.asp?userid=sF7XXE0DPe&isbn=0394739698&itm=1), and a few other books on architecture, and they sparked my interest in architecture in general, especially the Victorian era. But thanks must go to shyguy, because without his awesome sets, I would not have the ability to recreate this fantastic piece of American history.

My version:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/crunson2000/RCT3/th_FountainOfYouthVictorianMansion.jpg (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/crunson2000/RCT3/FountainOfYouthVictorianMansion.jpg)
This pic was taken in a park I am working on, which is why some of it is blacked out. I may or may not keep the mansion in this park, I haven't decided yet. I don't think the mansion fits in with my other Main Street-type architecture, which is where I have it now. But I might be able to move it to another part of the park, and make it into an attraction, like a Haunted Mansion or something....

Here are a few photos of the real thing to give you an idea of how it looked when it was first built (left pic, crica 1869), and how it looks today (right pic, circa 2005):
http://www.terracehill.org/images/375px_th_1869_bw.jpg http://www.terracehill.org/images/th_splash_background.gif

So comments are welcome, if you see something I could improve upon, etc. I will add a few more pics from different angles later, if you like.

02-01-2006, 06:19 PM
Very accurate version. Most of the details fit to the original, except the green roofes, which are in the photo beige. But I must say, that I don't know the original building. I see it fior the first time here on your photographs.

Apart from this ... :up: :up: :up: :up: :up: .

With the cutout heaven-background it looks like a architect-modell. Would be nice to have more views from all sides.

02-01-2006, 06:23 PM
is the place haunted??

02-01-2006, 06:26 PM
Not that I know of, why?

02-01-2006, 06:32 PM
just woundering

02-01-2006, 08:33 PM
hey RE,

looks pretty good. Is there anyway to lighten up the pieces to a
brighter shade of white? I know that sometimes 'custom sets' dont give
that option. Why the fencing on the roof? Overall 8/10.


02-01-2006, 09:02 PM
wow, that is an incredible peice of architecture there!
are you also going to put it up for download?

02-01-2006, 11:36 PM
Wow that building looks like it belongs on main street other than a hill. Staggering how similar the architecture is on the house thats in main street USA.

02-02-2006, 01:08 AM
The file is finished, here are a few more pics and a link to the download.

The order of the angles of the pics is:
.....Back.......Back Right Corner....Front Right Corner.....Front.........Front Left Corner
http://www.rctarchitects.org/cpg133/albums/Misc/ride_exchanger%20-%20Terrace%20Hill%20Mansion/thumb_ride_exchanger-TerraceHillBack.jpg (http://www.rctarchitects.org/cpg133/albums/Misc/ride_exchanger%20-%20Terrace%20Hill%20Mansion/ride_exchanger-TerraceHillBack.jpg)...http://www.rctarchitects.org/cpg133/albums/Misc/ride_exchanger%20-%20Terrace%20Hill%20Mansion/thumb_ride_exchanger-TerraceHillBackRightCorner.jpg (http://www.rctarchitects.org/cpg133/albums/Misc/ride_exchanger%20-%20Terrace%20Hill%20Mansion/ride_exchanger-TerraceHillBackRightCorner.jpg)...http://www.rctarchitects.org/cpg133/albums/Misc/ride_exchanger%20-%20Terrace%20Hill%20Mansion/thumb_ride_exchanger-TerraceHillFront%20Right%20Corner.jpg (http://www.rctarchitects.org/cpg133/albums/Misc/ride_exchanger%20-%20Terrace%20Hill%20Mansion/ride_exchanger-TerraceHillFront%20Right%20Corner.jpg)...http://www.rctarchitects.org/cpg133/albums/Misc/ride_exchanger%20-%20Terrace%20Hill%20Mansion/thumb_ride_exchanger-TerraceHillFront.jpg (http://www.rctarchitects.org/cpg133/albums/Misc/ride_exchanger%20-%20Terrace%20Hill%20Mansion/ride_exchanger-TerraceHillFront.jpg)...http://www.rctarchitects.org/cpg133/albums/Misc/ride_exchanger%20-%20Terrace%20Hill%20Mansion/thumb_ride_exchanger-TerraceHillFrontLeftCorner.jpg (http://www.rctarchitects.org/cpg133/albums/Misc/ride_exchanger%20-%20Terrace%20Hill%20Mansion/ride_exchanger-TerraceHillFrontLeftCorner.jpg)

Download (http://www.rctarchitects.org/db/pafiledb.php?action=file&id=88)

02-05-2006, 05:24 PM
That looks great! The only differences I see are that it has roofing ontop (looks good), the roof is green (looks better), and it's missing the flag, but it still looks great!

05-21-2006, 01:57 PM
I just found this thread and if somebody wants to know:

It's Victorian architecture. Just type victorian house or something like that in Google image search, and you can see beautiful houses like these:



Yes - that's the type of architecture Walt Disney used to build Mainstreet USA, Haunted Mansion and Phantom Manor. And almost every haunted house as seen in movies like Psycho, Addams Family a.s.o. are Victorian style.

06-17-2006, 01:52 AM
Thanks for that info, Myotis! :D
Those new pics might inspire me to do some more recreations!

As you may have noticed though, I pointed out that this was Victorian Archy in the first post of this thread ;)

07-02-2006, 01:56 AM
Compleatly amazing... I'd love for you to design the facade for Mabury Manor (Clinchfields haunted mansion) this is the building that I'd love to use for the inspiration...



Hit me up if you're interested...