The Woodlawn neighborhood is an enclave of 14 residences nestled in a grove of trees at the east end of Iowa Avenue. Woodlawn was placed on the National Register for Historic places on March30, 1979, and was designated as an Iowa City Historic Preservation District on February 28, 1984. 

    This quiet and peaceful area was once part of an elaborate capital city plan. In 1839 the original town plat of Iowa City envisioned the governor's mansion at the eastern terminus of Iowa Avenue to compliment the capital building located at the western terminus. Removal of the capital to Des Moines in 1857 left the government mansion unbuilt and the Woodlawn area was platted for residential lots in the 1880's. 

    On entering Woodlawn, one has the feeling of stepping back in time to the late 19th century. The large two and two and one-half story homes representative of the Italianate and the Queen Anne styles are situated on spacious lots set back from the narrow, unpaved oval street. Continuity of setting, and the wooded environment define the character of this distinctive neighborhood. 

    When visiting Woodlawn, parking is available on Iowa Avenue and neighboring streets. Your cooperation in respecting the privacy of the residents is greatly appreciated.