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University of Iowa News Release

05/09/03

Flags To Be Raised Over Old Capitol May 13

Flags of the United States and the State of Iowa will be raised over the Old Capitol Museum during a ceremony to begin at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, May 13 at the University of Iowa. The event will mark the first time the flags have been raised over Old Capitol since a fire destroyed that structure in November 2001.

The building's new bell will also be rung for the first time as part of the ceremony.

UI President David Skorton and other university dignitaries will participate in the short ceremony. The public is cordially invited to attend. More details will be announced Monday.

The new dome of the iconic university building was lifted into place this past February. At about 18 feet wide and weighing some 12,000 pounds, it replaces the original dome, which was destroyed in a $6 million fire on Nov. 20, 2001. At least a portion of the tarp and scaffolding covering up the dome, cupola and bell tower will be removed for Tuesday's ceremony, allowing the first public viewing of first phase of the Old Capitol restoration project.

The new bell, a replacement for the 1,100-pound bell ruined in the fire, was lifted atop the Old Capitol on Dec 30, 2002.

Knutson Construction Services Inc. of Iowa City is the contractor for Phase 1 of the Old Capitol restoration project. Renaissance Restoration Inc. of Galena, Ill., constructed the dome. OPN Architects, Inc. of Cedar Rapids and Einhorn Yaffee Prescott, Architecture & Engineering of Boston are the project's architects.

STORY SOURCE: University Relations, 101 Jessup Hall, Iowa City, IA 52242-1316

CONTACT(S): Steve Parrott, 319-335-0552, mailto:steven-parrott@uiowa.edu. Writer: Steve Parrott.