List of Famous Iowa City Buildings & Structures Buildings

List of Famous Iowa City Buildings & Structures

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List of the famous landmarks that make up the Iowa City skyline, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Iowa City architectural landmarks as well as other major buildings, dwellings, and other structures in Iowa City are included on this list. Information about these Iowa City buildings is included on this list, such as when the building first opened and what architectural style it falls under. List includes both new buildings in Iowa City and older historic landmarks.

Use every item on this list for yours, from Johnson County Courthouse to Letovsky-Rohret House.

This list answers the question, "What are the most famous buildings in Iowa City?"

This is a good reference for research into the historical architecture in Iowa City. Famous architectural houses within the city of Iowa City are included as well, sometimes by address, other times listed by the name of the original home owner.



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    The Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Iowa City, Iowa was built in 1868 to serve a predominantly African-American congregation. Originally called Zion AME, Bethel is one of Iowa City's oldest frame houses and the oldest surviving structure associated with African Americans in Iowa City. The ...more

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    • City/Town: Iowa City, Iowa, USA
    • Opened: Jan 01 1868
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    Bohumil Shimek House

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    • City/Town: Iowa City, Iowa, USA
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    Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad Passenger Station

    The Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad Passenger Station was built in 1898 for passenger use; it was the third depot in Iowa City, Iowa. It primarily served the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad, including its Corn Belt Rocket and Rocky Mountain Rocket passenger lines. After the 1950s it ...more

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    • City/Town: Iowa City, Iowa, USA
    • Opened: Jan 01 1898
    • Style: Romanesque architecture
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    Close House

    The Close Mansion also known as the Close House, was built in 1874 at a cost of around $15,000 was one of the great mansions of Iowa City, Iowa and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The mansion is located at the corner of Gilbert and Bowery in Iowa City. The Close family was ...more

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    • City/Town: Iowa City, Iowa, USA
    • Opened: Jan 01 1874
    • Style: Italianate architecture
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    Congregational Church of Iowa City

    Congregational United Church of Christ is located in the downtown area of Iowa City, Iowa, United States and the campus of the University of Iowa. The congregation was organized in 1856 and the church building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.more

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    • City/Town: Iowa City, Iowa, USA
    • Style: Gothic architecture
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    Iowa Old Capitol Building

    Iowa Old Capitol Building
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    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 was depicted on the ...more

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    • City/Town: Iowa City, Iowa, USA
    • Style: Greek Revival
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    The Johnson County Courthouse in Iowa City, Iowa, the county seat of Johnson County, Iowa, was completed in 1901; it was the second courthouse to stand at this location. It is notable for its fine sandstone exterior carvings and interior stained glass domes. Its slate roof was damaged in the 2006 ...more

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    • City/Town: Iowa City, Iowa, USA
    • Opened: Jan 01 1901
    • Style: Romanesque architecture, Shingle style architecture
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    Kirkwood House

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    • City/Town: Iowa City, Iowa, USA
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    • City/Town: Iowa City, Iowa, USA
    • Style: Greek Revival, Italianate architecture
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    Linsay House

    The Linsay House is a house in Iowa City listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is perhaps most famous as the model for the Bloom County boarding house. Currently, it is run as a not-for-profit cooperative by the River City Housing Collective. The house was built in 1893 by John Jayne, ...more

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    • City/Town: Iowa City, Iowa, USA
    • Opened: Jan 01 1893
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    Oakes-Wood House

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    • City/Town: Iowa City, Iowa, USA
    • Style: Italianate architecture
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    Old Brick Church

    Old Brick Church, once known as First Presbyterian or North Presbyterian, is a church in Iowa City, Iowa. One of the few surviving pre-Civil War structures in Iowa City, Old Brick was built in 1856 at the site of an older Presbyterian church that had burned. Its steeple was demolished in an 1877 wind ...more

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    • City/Town: Iowa City, Iowa, USA
    • Opened: Jan 01 1856
    • Style: Romanesque architecture
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    Old Post Office

    The Old Post Office is a Beaux Arts-style building in downtown Iowa City, Iowa, United States. Built of Indiana Limestone in 1904, the post office was expanded in 1931. It remained the city's central post office until 1975, when a new facility was built. After two years of vacancy, it was bought by the ...more

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    • City/Town: Iowa City, Iowa, USA
    • Opened: Jan 01 1904
    • Style: Beaux-Arts architecture
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    Park House Hotel

    The Park House Hotel is an historic apartment building in downtown Iowa City, Iowa. The building was built in 1852 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. It operated as a hotel for about 10 years before becoming St. Agatha's Female Seminary. For a while it was known as the ...more

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    • City/Town: Iowa City, Iowa, USA
    • Opened: Jan 01 1852
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    Plum Grove Historic House

    Plum Grove is a historic house located in Iowa City, United States. Plum Grove was the retirement home of Gov. Robert Lucas and the childhood home of the author Eleanor Hoyt Brainerd. Built in 1844, Lucas lived there with his wife, Friendly, and several children and grandchildren. Lucas died at Plum ...more

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    • City/Town: Iowa City, Iowa, USA
    • Opened: Jan 01 1844
    • Style: Greek Revival
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    St. Mary's Church and Rectory

    St. Mary's Catholic Church is a parish of the Diocese of Davenport located at 220 E. Jefferson St. in Iowa City, Iowa. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as St. Mary's Church and Rectory. The parish's first rectory, which is now a private home, is also listed on the NRHP as St.more

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    • City/Town: Iowa City, Iowa, USA
    • Opened: Jan 01 1867
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    Thomas C. Carson House

    The Thomas C. Carson House is a historic house in Iowa City, Iowa. It is currently in use as the sorority house of the University of Iowa chapter of Alpha Phi, and is thus also known as the Carson-Alpha Phi House. It is claimed that the first commercial radio station in Iowa City broadcast from the ...more

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    • City/Town: Iowa City, Iowa, USA
    • Opened: Jan 01 1875
    • Style: Second Empire
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