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Architecture Days 2018

April 9 @ 8:00 AM - April 14 @ 5:00 PM

The mission of Architecture Days is to heighten the recognition of architecture as art form and to explore the rich architectural landscape of Dubuque through programming for all ages. 2018’s theme of: “Director’s Cut” shines a spotlight on theaters, opera houses and movie film sets once in Downtown Dubuque.

Architecture Days offers the public the opportunity to learn more about architecture and Dubuque’s historic fabric, celebrating our sense of place, our unique treasures, and the city’s growth through commitment to architectural re-use and community.

Events are presented by Dubuque Main Street, in collaboration with the Carnegie-Stout Public Library, the Center for Dubuque History at Loras College, the City of Dubuque, Dubuque Community Schools, Mediacom, the Old House Enthusiasts, the National Mississippi River Museum, TH Media, the Dubuque County Historical Society, the Dubuque County Historic Preservation Commission, and the City of Dubuque’s Historic Preservation Commission.

 Weekly Activities:

Monday, April 9

Dubuque Community School District Student Art Exhibit Opening Reception 5:00-6:00 P.M.

Student Presentation 6:00-6:30 P.M. |  Carnegie Stout Library 3rd Floor Rotunda, 360 W. 11th Street


Tuesday, April 10

Grand Opera House Tour 12:00 P.M. | Backstage Pass | 135 W. 8th Street (Meet in the Main Lobby)

Presentation & Awards Reception 5:30 P.M. :

    Susan Gorrell Presentation 6:00 P.M. | City & County Historic Preservation Awards to Follow | Millwork Marketplace, 333 E. 10th Street ( Enter in through the doors on 10th Street by The Foundry)

Director’s Cut Green Space at the Library 5:30-7:00 P.M. | Carnegie Stout Library 2nd Floor Greenspace, 360 W. 11th Street



Wednesday, April 11

Saint Raphael Cathedral Tour 12:00 P.M. | Backstage Pass | 231 Bluff Street

Dubuque & Architecture Trivia Night 6:00 P.M. | Smokestack, 62 E. 7th Street **See Below to Register**

Free Children’s Activity at the Carnegie-Stout Public Library | Earthquake-Proof Skyscrapers with Lego’s 4:00-6:00 P.M. | Carnegie-Stout Public Library 2nd Floor Makerspace, 360 W. 11th St.


Thursday, April 12

Five Flags Theatre Tour 12:00 P.M. | Backstage Pass | 405 Main Street

Movie at the  Carnegie-Stout Public Library | Black Friday 6:00 P.M. | Carnegie-Stout Public Library, 360 W. 11th St.


Friday, April 13

Masonic Temple Tour 12:00 P.M. | Backstage Pass *Not Handicap Accessible | 1155 Locust Street


Saturday, April 14

Walking Director’s Cut Tour 10:00-11:30 A.M. | Millwork District Tour starts at CARADCO Courtyard

Free Children’s Activity at the Carnegie-Stout Public Library | The Best Bridges 2:00-3:00 P.M. | Carnegie-Stout Public Library 2nd Floor Makerspace, 360 W. 11th St.




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Special thanks to our Architecture Days Committee: 

Jason Neises, Community Foundation

Mike Gibson, Center for Dubuque History at Loras College

David Johnson, City of Dubuque

Nelson Klaviter, retired

Denette Kellogg, Carnegie-Stout Public Library

Andrew McCready, Selser-Schaefer Architects

Chris Wand, Primus Construction (Chair)

Duane Hagerty, Heritage Works

Brad Manternach, Dubuque Community School District

Michaela Freiburger, Dubuque Main Street


April 9 @ 8:00 AM
April 14 @ 5:00 PM