University of Iowa

Old Capitol

1 North Clinton Street
Iowa City, IA 52242
United States
Abbreviation: 
OC
Number: 
1
Year: 
1840

About

The Old Capitol’s history began as the seat of the territorial government of Iowa. It became the University’s first permanent building in 1857 when the state legislature moved to Des Moines. In addition to being the administrative center of the University, at various times it was also the home of the law school, the library, a museum, a dormitory, and even a gymnasium. Today, it is the home of the Old Capitol Museum and serves as the centerpiece of campus.