The University of Iowa and its campus have a rich history. For more than 150 years the university has responded to growth in enrollment, changes in educational priorities and practices, fires and disasters, and changing educational values. Despite profound change, its history remains in many of the campus sites and historic buildings that have been preserved, maintained and renovated for new purposes.

The historical marker master plan will help to create an identifiable system recognizable to the university community and its visitors. The program currently contains three historical sites: Hubbard Park, the Iowa Memorial Union, and the IMU Pedestrian Bridge and Fountain.

Program Goals


The program has three primary components:

  1. Create an overarching historical marker look and feel that unifies the entire system.
  2. Establish an appreciation for the university’s historical development and the place it holds in the history of the Iowa and the nation.
  3. Heighten public awareness of the historic and architecturally significant aspects of the university campus as well as individual buildings, structures, sites, and objects by drawing attention to important people, events and developments.
Hubbard Park

Hubbard Park

Located off Madison St. in the northeast corner of Hubbard Park.

Learn About Hubbard Park
Iowa Memorial Union

Iowa Memorial Union

The signage is wall mounted and located on the south wall in the North Lobby of the Iowa Memorial Union at 125 North Madison Street, Iowa City, Iowa. The signage is wall-mounted, in the northwest corner of the building.

Learn About Iowa Memorial Union
IMU footbridge

IMU Pedestrian Bridge and Fountain

Located on the southeast side of the pedestrian bridge, just to the northwest of the IMU.

Learn About IMU Pedestrian Bridge and Fountain