UI won't block Kinnick Stadium house

Kinnick Stadium on the University of Iowa campus Tuesday, May 29, 2012, in Iowa City, Iowa. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette-KCRG)
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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - University of Iowa officials don't plan to oppose a couple's plans to build a house that would resemble Kinnick Stadium.

University spokeswoman Anne Bassett said the copyright for the 1927 design has long since run out, so there is none for the university to protect. And Bassett says a private residence would not raise issues involving university endorsement, which would be a concern if the design were to be used for a commercial establishment.

Reed and Sandy Carlson have filed building plans for a nearly 7,500-square-foot house that would echo the stadium architecture.

Some neighborhood residents spoke against the plans at Tuesday's City Council meeting, and the council asked for the issue to put on the agenda for its next meeting.