10 years ago: Old Capitol fire destroys dome

An Iowa City police officer helps a firefighter wrestle his fire hose into place, so he can begin fighting the Old Capitol fire. The tenth anniversary of the fire is Nov. 20.

An Iowa City police officer helps a firefighter wrestle his fire hose into place, so he can begin fighting the Old Capitol fire. The tenth anniversary of the fire is Nov. 20. Photo by Tim Schoon.

It has been 10 years since the Old Capitol fire. On Nov. 20, 2001, workers removing old paint and asbestos caused a fire that quickly spread and eventually destroyed the dome, cupola, and tower. The building sustained significant smoke, water, and soot damage, but thanks to the quick actions of firefighters and a firewall installed in the 1920s, the damage was nowhere near as significant as it could have been.

The building was closed for five years while it was rebuilt and restored before opening again in May 2006.

Click on the thumbnails below for a gallery of images taken the day of the fire.

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