GORTZ HAUS GALLERY
This was the offical website of the Gortz Haus Gallery which for a number of years advertised itself as “the perfect venue for your wedding ceremony”. However in 2013 the Odgaards refused to host a homosexual wedding at the Gortz Haus Gallery. A lawsuit followed since denying service to customers because of their sexual orientation was a clear violation of Iowa law, which prohibits discrimination in public accommodations. The Odgaards not only were ordered to pay $5,000 to the couple whom they had refused, but also to stop hosting weddings at the Gortz Haus Gallery.
The Odgaards now has a ministry called God's Original Design, established to advance Christian teachings, Biblical ordinances and natural laws as God intended.
I own a oriental rug cleaning nyc based company. When the news of the lawsuit that was brought against the owners of the Gortz Haus Gallery hit the news channels and internet, I along with many people I knew watched to see what the outcome would be. It was heartening that the lawsuit was eventually dropped. I didn't realize Iowa has been at the forefront in recognizing that people have no more say in their sexual orientation than in their race, and everyone is entitled to equal rights and to be treated with dignity. This incident was a hot topic for quite awhile. A number of clients even brought it up when I was either picking up carpets to be cleaned or restored, or returning cleaned oriental carpets. I received a phone call from a distraught woman who had spilled coffee over a family heirloom oriental rug. When I went ot assess the damage she had her computer on and there was Republican presidential hopeful Sen. Ted Cruz at a campaign stop in Iowa, arguing that the Odgaards were victims of “liberal fascism,” noting, “The modern Democratic Party has decided their devotion to mandatory gay marriage in all 50 states is so unforgiving that there is no longer room for defending religious liberty.” I cringed at his insistence that the Odgaards religious beliefs were being trampled. But the way I look at the situation, the Odgaards were only asked to rent their premises for gay couples' wedding ceremonies. They weren't being asked to change their Mennonite beliefs or views or engage in prohibited behavior. The Odgaards were just being asked to put into practice their belief that other people have the right to live differently from themselves. The new customer looked at me and just said "I'm glad that the gay couple push this and filed a suit. I think it showed courage and they brought this issue out into the open. A lot of people have been talking about this for a long time." I couldn't have agreed more. And yes, we were able to remove the coffee stain and returned her carpet looking better than ever- so she said.
GORTZ HAUS GALLERY
408 FIRST STREET
GRIMES, IA 50111
The Gortz Haus Gallery is located in an elegant landmark stone building that served as the home of St. Peter Lutheran Church from 1937 to 2001. Having outgrown this space, the church moved to a new facility. The notable structure was left susceptible to demolition -- but perseverance saved this historic building from demise, and in April 2002 the gracious space was reopened, unveiling a fabulous new bistro, art gallery, frame shoppe and floral shoppe. Original works of art, jewelry, gifts, home decor, and beautiful flower arrangements enhance a fine dining experience in the historic Governors District of Grimes. The picturesque setting of Gortz Haus makes it the perfect venue for your wedding ceremony, reception, rehearsal dinner, baby shower, anniversary or other special event.
The Gortz Haus Gallery is located in a beautiful landmark building, which served as the home of St. Peter Lutheran Church from 1937 to 2001. Having outgrown this space, the church moved into a new facility, making way for the transition of this gracious building into a beautiful art gallery and frame shoppe, flower shoppe, and bistro in April 2002. There are three levels filled with original works of art, gifts, home décor, beautiful flowers, and wonderful food. All of this framed in a beautiful setting of stained glass and a warm atmosphere.
Welcome to our Haus,
Betty Gortz-Odgaard & Dick Odgaard
Phone: (515) 986-3340
Toll Free: (866) 986-3340
FAX: (515) 986-0369
The imagination of the staff at the Gortz Haus Bistro is endless.
The Bistro sets itself apart by baking fresh bread every morning, along with crafting homemade soups and desserts. All of the Bistro's entrées, gourmet sandwiches, soups, salads, and quiche were designed especially for Gortz Haus by its team of dedicated cooks and chefs.
By day, Gortz Haus is a stunning venue to meet with friends for lunch (served Monday through Saturday, 11:00 - 2:30) amidst the backdrop of beautiful decor and the sun shining through stained glass windows. Special balcony seating can accommodate large groups, meetings, baby showers, or other special events.
The Gortz Haus Gallery has been the venue for many banquets and special occasions. Please contact our chef for details, and ask for the latest Banquet Menu and Hors d'oeuvres Menu so you can start planning your special event.
To accommodate your business lunch needs, Gortz Haus will bring The Bistro to your office by way of our Bistro-In-A-Box. Please give us a call … it’s like none other!
Our stunning floral arrangements begin with a selection of the most brilliant and healthy array of flowers and plants. From there, the artistic abilities of our experienced designers take over. The Flower Shoppe is the perfect place to find a gift to celebrate your loved one, and is at your service for all occasions, including:
- The Flower Shoppe at the Gortz Haus has the experienced staff willing to take responsibility of the entire floral needs of your wedding
- Funerals and Memorials
- We deliver to all funeral homes and churches in the Des Moines Metro area
- Valentines, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, etc.
- Interior Decorating
- Special Events
We select from our wide variety of quality merchandise to create the most stunning arrangement appropriate for your needs.
- Fresh Cut Flowers
- Blooming and Green Plants
- Candy, Fruit, Toys, etc.
- Unique vases, planters and baskets
The Flower Shoppe at the Gortz Haus Gallery in Grimes offers delivery service to anywhere in the greater Des Moines area. We can also wire your flower order to anywhere in the world.
Place your order by calling (515) 986-3340, or stop by The Flower Shoppe at the Gortz Haus at 408 1st Street (Hwy 44) in Grimes.
- Wedding gifts
Frame the wedding invitation you receive from that very special person and return it as a gift to the newly weds.
- New Born, Christening or Baptism gifts
Frame a collage of pictures of the new baby … with or without the sonogram … along with the birth announcement for a gift that will never be forgotten.
- First Communion or Confirmation gifts
Preserve a memory by framing the christening gown, towel, candle, jewelry, and other relevant keepsakes in a beautifully designed shadow box.
- Graduation and Awards
Frame a collage of certificates, award pins and insignias to remember those major accomplishments.
- Certificates and Licenses
Frame graduation certificates and professional licenses with the class and dignity they deserve.
- Military Awards and Medals
Frame, with patriotic pride, the service awards earned while serving to defend the freedoms of our country.
- Wide variety of styles in the highest quality of wooden frames.
- Metal frames from the traditional black, white, bronze or silver, to spectacular colors.
- Multiple matting techniques used to highlight a desired color in the artwork.
- The use of filets to add a touch of class to the finished product.
- Conservative framing and specialty mats for those very valuable pieces.
- Shadow and memory boxes to preserve memories and accomplishments in life.