Department of Iowa - Civil War Monuments
Polk County - Des Moines

State Capital Ceiling - GAR Medal
To commemorate an encampment in 1922, a GAR Medal was painted on a banner and stretched across the ceiling of the Iowa State Capital. The painting was on canvas and held up with piano wire. It was painted by Joseph Czizek. The banner and background were restored and repainted in 1998. This is a spectacular view with the medal on a background of blue sky and clouds 275 feet high. These photos were taken 5/28/08 and 12/17/11.

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