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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.
  • 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 original church is 600 square feet and has room for 50 people. A new 4,000-square-foot sanctuary is being built which will hold three times the current congregation size....  more
    • City/Town: Iowa City, Iowa, USA
    • Opened: Jan 01 1868
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    Bohumil Shimek House

    • 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 was used for freight, now it is used as offices. It is adjacent to the Iowa Interstate Railroad lines. The Iowa Interstate has operated occasional excursion trains in the 21st century that have stopped at this depot. See photo. The depot was built to similar designs of stations in Ottawa, Illinois and Council Bluffs, Iowa....  more
    • 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 involved in a linseed oil company and a glove factory, both of which were located near that home....  more
    • City/Town: Iowa City, Iowa, USA
    • Opened: Jan 01 1874
    • Style: Italianate architecture