Construction Begins

Construction of Old Capitol began with the laying of the cornerstone on July 4,1840. Nine days later, the project's architect, John F. Rague, resigned, leaving Chauncey Swan, one of the territorial government commissioners who had selected the site of Iowa City and the capitol, to oversee construction.

July 4, 1840

Fire at the Old Capitol

Old Capitol Fire, 2001At 8:30 a.m., contractors started an accidental fire in the cupola of the Old Capitol Building while using a heat gun during renovations to the structure.

November 20, 2001