“A unique space and great people to work with! I love the many facets of this historic home and adding pops of color with decorations and table drapes made it feel warm and welcoming! Ample space for food stations, mingling and sitting. We love it so much we have celebrated there on more than one occasion!”

Angie Sly
High School Graduation Rental

“We’ve held our Chanukah Open House at the Thoreau Center for the last several years, and couldn’t be happier with the results. It feels like inviting your friends to your home, if you lived in a modest mansion. Dennis and Scott accommodated our unique needs and exceeded our expectations!”

Bill Jacobs
Chanukah Celebration

“I recently organized a party for my husband’s 75th birthday. The Thoreau Center was a great venue and the party, with 85 guests, was a great success. Dennis and Scott helped make it special. They’ve done a wonderful job of upgrading the Thoreau Center – now one of the best venues in Des Moines for a moderate-sized group. We’ve used the Thoreau Center for special occasions (personal, environmental, political) for almost 50 years and it’s never been better! “

Dianne and John Liepa
Birthday Celebration

“We have used the Thoreau Center for years – for family gatherings, Christmas parties, political events and professional meetings. Scott and Dennis have taken the Center from a good place to gather to an incredible place to gather. The atmosphere they have created meets a wide variety of needs in the most welcoming, charming, and very clean space.”

Matt Tapscott