THE WALLACE CENTERS OF IOWA: sustainable food & civility initiatives

Rent the Gathering Barn

An ideal location for any special event

The rolling hills of southwest Iowa serve as a peaceful backdrop for events at the Gathering Barn, located at the historic birthplace farm of Henry A. Wallace, U.S. Vice President during World War II. Constructed to resemble typical Iowa barns of the late 1800s, the Gathering Barn can accommodate business, family, and social gatherings with amenities such as air-conditioning, rest rooms, and handicapped accessibility. A large outdoor deck provides a picturesque view that will inspire all types of working meetings and enhance any gathering. The three-quarter mile walking trail connects the barn to the restored Iowa prairie, outdoor sculptures, pond, orchard, vegetable gardens, and floral gardens.

The barn’s Gathering Room accommodates groups of up to 70 seated at round and rectangle tables or up to 90 theatre-style. The upstairs meeting room seats 30 to 35. Access to the second floor is by stairs or a small lift.

Rental Rates (Prices subject to change January 1 of each year.)

Choice of first or second floor meeting rooms:

•  up to 4 hours $135
• more than 4 and up to 8 hours $175
• more than 8 hours – staff will provide a quote

First and second floor meeting rooms

•  up to 4 hours $200
• more than 4 hours $260

Second floor meeting room only (when another activity is on the first floor)

up to 4 hours $100 ($50 if food service provided)

Wedding/Renewal of Vows Events: $300 to $1,500, depending upon specific needs. Make an appointment to discuss details and receive a price quote.
Use of tables and chairs are part of the rental fee.

PLEASE NOTE: Hours of the rental must include set-up time. Rental prices are based on the hours the Barn is used, not just the hours of the event.

A user agreement must be signed. A rental contract is available from the staff or at the bottom of this page. Full payment is expected before using the Gathering Barn, except for businesses or organizations requiring a billing statement.
Ask about food service options for your event. Menus are designed to satisfy the customers taste and highlight local and seasonal ingredients. Contact Chef Amy to discuss menu ideas for your event.

Reservation Information

Telephone: 641.337.5019, Monday through Friday, 9 am to 4 pm or weekends by appointment.
Email: Diane Weiland

2018 Gathering Barn Rental Form

A tent can accommodate larger gatherings

The main meeting room inside the Gathering Barn

Have a private lunch in the upstairs meeting room



756 16th Street, Des Moines, IA 50314
2773 290th Street, Orient, IA 50858
Ph: 515.243.7063 (DM)
Ph: 641.337.5019 (Orient)