|Iowa State Capitol|
Security guards were friendly, and the standard screening was executed with a walk-through metal detector and bag x-ray. Unlike most statehouse security guards we’ve encountered, these two were dressed in street clothes—short-sleeve white shirts with ties—rather than law enforcement uniforms.
At the tour desk, we were hooked up with Joan, a sixty-something, seasoned guide who was quite knowledgeable and clearly enthusiastic about her work. When she travels, she enjoys visiting other state capitol buildings, so we exchanged notes about our common hobby.
|Iowa Grand Staircase|
|Ceiling of Senate Chamber|
|Interior of central dome|
|House of Representatives Chmaber|
|Stairs to whispering gallery|
|View of the rotunda from the whispering gallery|
Iowa State Capitol Stats:
- Construction period: 1871-86
- Height (to tip of main dome): 275 ft.
- Domes: 5
- Dome surface: gold-leaf (main dome) and copper (secondary domes)
- Varieties of marble used in interior: 29
- Interior steps: 1,471
- Interior area: 330,000 sq. ft.
- Original construction cost: $2.9 million
- Restoration cost (completed 2001): $41 million
More Iowa State Capitol Photos
|Grand Army of the Republic banner in the dome|
|Grand staircase from above|
|Murano glass mosaics|
|Dome, dome, dome dome, DOME!|
|A few of the varieties of marble used in the statehouse|
|18-ft model of the U.S.S. Iowa, on loan from the Navy Department|