The Iowa State Capitol

The Iowa State Capitol is the state capitol building of the U.S. state of Iowa. It was constructed between 1871 and 1886. It is located in the state capital of Des Moines at East 9th Street and Grand Avenue and houses the Iowa General Assembly.

Thanks to my friend Nonna for this image. She currently lives in Des Moines.

The present capitol is on the same grounds as the old, and is the only five-domed state capitol in the country. The building is brick with limestone from Iowa, Missouri, Minnesota, Ohio, and Illinois. Iowa stone is the foundation for the many porticoes of the building. Both front and back porticoes have pediments supported by six Corinthian columns each. The dome of the capitol is gilded with tissue-paper thin sheets of pure 23-karat gold, with a protective layer sealing the gold from the weather, and the top of its finial peak is 275 feet (84 m) above the ground. From its opening during 1884 until 1924 it was the tallest building in Des Moines, and probably the tallest in Iowa. credit


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