Old Capitol’s dome to undergo more renovations

Associated Press

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa college says it wants to renovate a building’s dome that was once destroyed in a fire and then reconstructed.

The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports the University of Iowa plans to spend about $1.5 million to repair the Old Capitol’s roof and cupola. Areas of concern include the building’s metal roofing and portions of the dome’s interior.

The Old Capitol was built in 1842 and was used by lawmakers. It became the university’s first permanent building in 1857 after the Legislature moved to Des Moines.

A fire ripped through the cupola and dome in 2001. Investigators say the blaze started when workers used torches and heat guns to remove asbestos from the building.

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