Chamberlain Mansion Wins EFA Remodel/Renovation Gold

Wednesday, October 18th, 2023

WesleyLife’s Wesley on Grand Chamberlain Mansion renovation was selected as the gold winner for the 15th Annual Environments for Aging Remodel/Renovation Competition!

The Chamberlain Mansion Main Floor Fireside was selected as the top project out of 29 entries by a panel of 15 industry experts included architects, interior designers, housing providers and consultants reviewed 29 submissions.

WesleyLife’s flagship community includes the 1904 D.S. Chamberlain mansion that was transformed from a stagnant, stuffy, underutilized house, to a community hub that is full of energy and vitality, inviting residents and the public to visit, dine, grab a drink, make a connection. The revitalized Chamberlain Mansion and Fireside create a welcoming destination for the entire Des Moines community.

Learn more about the program and the silver and bronze winners, linked here.

Winners will receive special recognition at the Environments for Aging Expo & Conference in April 2024, and will be featured in the Environments for Aging Winter 2023 issue.

“The goal of the project was to preserve the mansion’s original character while elevating its function and community use. The design has accomplished this project goal. The old mansion has been transformed into a community hub that serves the entire Des Moines community. It’s like a magnet that attracts different people to get together and have fun. Removing the woodwork not only turned the underutilized space into a lively bar but also introduced natural light into the core area.” – comment from an EFA judge. 


  • Owner: WesleyLife
  • General Contractor: Graham Construction Company
  • Civil Engineer & Landscape Architect: Bishop Engineering Company
  • MEP Engineer: Baker Group
  • Furniture: Workspace
  • Food Service: Boelter Premier