The Iowa Old Capitol Building is located in Iowa City, Iowa, United States. It was once the main government building for the state of Iowa, and it now stands as the most prominent landmark at the center of the University Of Iowa's campus. It is a U.S. National Historic Landmark and it is one part of the Pentacrest, a set of five buildings that, as a set, also is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
In February 2003, a new, 12,000 pound wood dome was placed on top of the Old Capitol Building.The dome is covered with 23¾ carat gold leaf. A new bell was installed, and the old bell is on display inside the building.On May 6, 2006, the Old Capitol Building was reopened to the public.
The ground floor of the building is now a museum, with exhibits about the history of the building, the university, and the state of Iowa. University meetings and speeches can again take place at the Old Capitol, and as in the past, Ph.D. students often make their doctoral defenses in the chambers of the Old Capitol Building.The University of Iowa's official logo is a graphic representation of the Old Capitol dome.