Architectural historian, Alexa McDowell, is ready to share the results of the update to a 2001 historic buildings survey of structures located in Downtown Iowa City.

The public is invited to view the results and ask questions during an event at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 22, 2018, in the Senate Chambers of the Old Capitol on the University of Iowa Pentacrest. This event is first come, first served. The venue will stop seating people if we exceed 165 seats. 

Over the past year, AKAY Consulting, a Minneapolis based firm, has been working to update the "2001 Survey and Evaluation of the Iowa City Central Business District" report to reflect the changes to Downtown that have occurred over the past 16 years. 

The updated survey area is bounded by Clinton Street on the west, Iowa Avenue on the north, Gilbert Street on the east, and Burlington Street on the south. This area includes approximately 115 properties.

The survey provides valuable information on the historical and physical character of the area. More specifically, it includes an inventory of properties and identifies their historic significance, outlines recommendations on historic district boundaries, and explains incentives available to property owners of historic structures. The update will help play an important role in protecting the historic resources that help define the unique character of Iowa City's Downtown area.

To view the full survey report and other supplemental resources, visit

RSVP to the Facebook event for updates and reminders. For more information, contact Historic Preservation Planner Jessica Bristow at or 319-356-5243.

Historic Survey Graphic


Date of publication

Friday, October 05, 2018