Iowa State Capitol

Designed by Alfred H. Piquenard, the Iowa Capitol began construction in the early 1870′s and, with significant design modifications by M.E. Bell, was completed in 1887.

The lighting fixtures were supplied by Mitchell, Vance and Company, the foremost supplier of lighting for state capitol buildings during this period. All of the original lighting fixtures were in place in the early 1880′s and were gas. Fixtures were modified for electric in about 1902. The existing House Chamber large crystal chandeliers are replacements after the 1904 fire destroyed the originals, which were identical to the existing Senate Chamber large gasoliers.

St. Louis Antique Lighting began the restoration and replication of the lighting fixtures in 1996 and work still continues. Replicas were made primarily from a fortunate collection of historic interior photos, including some very good images from the book “Iowa Stereographs”.

The goal of the lighting restoration/replication process has been to faithfully reproduce, as exactly as possible, the original period fixture designs and finishes.

Historical Lighting Consultant: Gary H. Behm, I.E.S.

Architect: RDG Planning and Design