The Jefferson Hotel

The Jefferson Hotel

129 E. Washington St. (Current Jefferson Building)

Built 1913 by a group of prominent Iowa City businessmen, the Jefferson Hotel’s “modern” appointments, such as an electric elevator, an artesian well, telephones, electric lights, and hot and cold running water, made it a premier hotel in Iowa early in the century.


John Berryman Stays at the Jefferson Hotel

On the evening of September 17, Berryman boarded the Pullman sleeper for Iowa City, and the following morning checked into the Jefferson Hotel. […] John Montague, the Irish poet, had enrolled in Berryman’s workshop and remembered seeing him eating alone at the Jefferson Hotel, a copy of The ‘Caine Mutiny’ open before him, ‘nervous, taut, arrogant, uneasy.’

Mariani, Paul L. Dream Song: The Life of John Berryman. New York: W. Morrow, 1990. Print.