Iowa City Then & Now

It’s no doubt that the University of Iowa has a beautiful campus. Whether rain or shine, students and visitors alike are no strangers to beautiful scenery. But did you ever wonder what your favorite campus and town locations looked like in the past?

Here are a few campus throwbacks:

Then


In the 1920’s, Quadrangle Hall (shown above) was opened as the first men’s dormitory on campus. The very first dorm building, however, was Currier, which was designed strictly for female students.

Now


Then


In the 1940’s, Stuit Hall was used as the Old Music Building

Now


The building is now used as a branch of the Department of Clinical Psychology. Another fun fact: After renovations in 2011, Stuit Hall was named as the first “green” building on University of Iowa’s campus.

Then


In an anatomy lecture in 1910, professors taught this small class of students through live demonstrations.

Now


It would be an understatement to say that technology has rapidly developed in the last century. Now students study human anatomy digitally.

Then


Now for some sports – University of Iowa students have been cheering on their beloved Hawkeyes since the university first recognized their varsity football team in 1889.

Now


Students pack into Kinnick Stadium the same way now as they did when the program first began. But the attire for football games looks like it may have changed a little since the days of pea coats and hats.

Then


Many sites may have changed, but if there’s one place that’s still recognizable it’s Old Capitol.


*All images courtesy of www.uiowa.edu and University of Iowa library archives