CONTACT: STEVE PARROTT
5 Old Capitol
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-0557; fax (319) 335-0558
Old Capitol Museum to close for repairs Dec. 22; re-opens Jan. 20
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Old Capitol Museum on the University of Iowa campus
will be closed beginning Monday, Dec. 22 through Monday, Jan. 19, to allow
workers to recoat the building's hardwood floors and to repaint the interior
dome and columns. The building will re-open Tuesday, Jan. 20, at 10 a.m.
Old Capitol annually attracts some 25,000 visitors from across the state
and around the world. Built in the early 1840s, it was the first permanent
seat of Iowa's territorial and state governments and was used by Iowa's lawmakers
and government officials until 1857, when the state government moved to Des
Moines. The building was then given to the University of Iowa. Since that
time, Old Capitol has been a focal point of the university, serving as a library,
chapel and armory, and providing space for classrooms and offices.
A six-year historic restoration of the building was begun in 1970 in an effort
to return the building to its original Greek Revivalist style. The restoration
included the offices of the territorial and state governor, treasurer and
auditor; the Supreme Court Chamber; the Territorial Library and the House
of Representatives Chamber. The building was reopened to the public on July
3, 1976, as the UI's contribution to the U.S. Bicentennial. The restoration
project also led to the Old Capitol being officially designated a national
Historic Landmark by the U.S. Department of Interior.
The Old Capitol's normal hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday
through Saturday and from noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. The building is closed on
holidays. There is no admission charge to tour the building.