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Close Hall: 1924-40

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Close Hall, at the northwest corner of Dubuque Street and Iowa Avenue, housed the University of Iowa School of Journalism from its founding in 1924 until much of the building was destroyed by fire on New Year’s Day 1940.

Students, faculty, and staff frequently complained about the building's numerous physical problems including holes in floors, bad plumbing, and poor heating in winter. After the 1940 fire, the School relocated to East Hall.

Do you remember Close Hall? Or have your parents or grandparents told you stories about taking classes in the building, teaching there, or doing newspaper work for The Daily Iowan?

If so, please send your Building Memories for addition to those below.

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Memories of Close Hall:

It was the best time of my life! Times were tough back then, but Close was always a comfortable safe haven. I will always remember the beginning of my great adventure in journalism.

I remember my grandfather talking about the bad plumbing in the restrooms.