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Old Capitol: Portrait of an Iowa Landmark (Bur Oak Original) by Margaret N. Keyes

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2). It may have been drawn from a verbal description only, since construction of the building had not progressed enough by 1843 to permit firsthand knowledge of the cupola and the entrance. Architect The first recorded contact between architect John Francis Rague of Springfield, Illinois, and an official of the Iowa Territory occurred on November 12, 1839. On that date Chauncey Swan and Rague drew up a contract naming Rague contractor for the Iowa capitol. " 5 Clearly, building plans must have existed then for Page 5 the Greek Revival structure that was built, or at least for a very similar one.

The affair, attended by a large number of ladies and gentlemen, was described as follows: The desks were taken out of the Senate Chamber, and there was at the state house one of the largest and most beautiful parties that had ever been witnessed at the capital. " On December 22, 1854, the citizens of Iowa City gave "a Social and Complimentary Party" in the statehouse to recognize the members of the legislature and other state officials. The Senate chamber was used for dancing, the House chamber was assigned for those who did not wish to dance, and supper was served in the basement.

P. (A Bur oak original) Bibliography: p. Includes index.  Series. 3'028809777dc19 88-22689 CIP Frontispiece: East facade. Photo University Photo Service, c. 1950.  Boyd, who envisioned not only the restoration of Old Capitol but also this historical record of the building Page ix Contents Acknowledgments xi Introduction xiii 1. The Territorial and Statehood Years, 18421857 1 2. The University Years, 18571970 22 3. The Rehabilitation, 19211924 46 4. The Architectural Restoration, 19701976 73 5. The Interior 94 6.

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