To mark its one-hundredth year, the Iowa chapter of the American Institute of Architects is releasing a list of the state’s one-hundred best architectural projects over the past ten decades. A-I-A-Iowa president Geoffrey Grimes, a Waterloo architect, says the feature exhibit will be unveiled this week called “A Century of Iowa Architecture.” Grimes says people all over the state submitted buildings they thought were significant in Iowa history over the last hundred years. The buildings have to be still standing and had to have been designed by an architect. He says the exhibit highlighting the top 50 buildings will be showcased at the State Historical Museum in Des Moines starting Thursday (and running through December 31st) and it’ll tour the state over the next few years. He says Iowa’s architecture is “extraordinary” and is indicative of how the state has changed over the decades and how the changes are reflected in Iowa’s architecture. Grimes says the buildings are wide-ranging, though he would not divulge any of the buildings until the unveiling Thursday. There will be an “Iowa Building of the Century.” The list includes all sorts of buildings all over Iowa, from houses to public buildings and private offices. The exhibit will also tour: Waterloo, Sioux City, Dubuque, Ames and Mason City in the coming months. A book is also being published on the subject and the “top 100” will be featured on Iowa Public TV. For more information, surf to “www.aiaiowa.org”.
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