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Architecture Days 2020

April 13 @ 8:00 AM - April 18 @ 5:00 PM


2020 Dates: April 13-18, 2020


Monday, April 13
Student Dubuque Stories Video Release | 5:30 P.M.
Carnegie-Stout Public Library (Auditorium)

The Alternative Learning Center (ALC) students, through Tim Hitzler’s History class, have gathered stories about downtown Dubuque. The stories were captured to create a “Dubuque Stories” video. Join the students to learn about their experience in capturing stories, just before the “Dubuque Stories,” video release in the Auditorium at the Carnegie-Stout Public Library.


Tuesday, April 14
Noon Tour with Stories at Dimensional Brewing Company | Starts at Noon

Join us at the Dimensional Brewing Company for Stories about the former AtLast Fluid Company from Don Junk. Featured conversations will be about the building’s history and the modern use Dimensional Brewing Company created within the structure. What beauty lies within this building’s story?

Tour of Driftless | 5:15 P.M.
Behind Dubuque’s Stories Presentation | 6 P.M.
City of Dubuque and Dubuque County Historic Preservation Commission Award Ceremony to Follow Presentation
The Driftless

Take a tour through the recently updated Driftless, former Avery Iron Works, starting at 5:15 P.M. This space now serves as an event venue, bar and co-working space. Join Tim Olson, Duane Hagerty and Tim Hitzler for their “Behind Dubuque’s Stories” presentation. There are many stories to tell. They will bring the buildings in downtown Dubuque to life. Ever wonder how these stories are found and verified? Join us to learn more!
After the presentation, the City of Dubuque Historic Preservation Commission and the Dubuque County Historic Preservation Commission will present their annual awards. Learn about preservation projects of all sizes taking place in our community!


Wednesday, April 15
Noon Tour with Stories of the Central Avenue Mercantile and Upcycle Dubuque | Starts at Noon at the C.A.M.

Tour the now Central Avenue Mercantile, former King of Clubs, and Upcycle Dubuque, former Manhattan Meat Market and Adkins Sewing. Learn the life journey each building has taken and the stories each building holds. Join us to tour these recently renovated spaces.


Thursday, April 16
Noon Tour with Stories at the former Hoffman Schneider Funeral Home, now Emmaus Campus | Starts at Noon

Ever wonder what happens to funeral homes once they are given a second life? Learn from Jim Schneider about the past history of this space, including some interesting architectural elements. After this Dubuque Story, tour the former home, which has been updated to the Emmaus Worldwide office.

Adult Trivingo (Bingo and Trivia) | 6 P.M. til 7:30 P.M.
Carnegie-Stout Public Library

Join us at the library to play a few games of Bingo that include some Architecture Days-themed games! Prizes include hardcover and softcover books. Play for fun and for books! All supplies are provided by the library. Snacks will be available. No registration required. Call 563-589-4225 for additional information.


Friday, April 17
Noon Tour with Stories at the St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, Dubuque | Starts at Noon

Tour this beautiful historic structure built in 1896. While touring, downtown Dubuque Stories will be shared. Learn about the beautiful stained glass windows and the architectural significance of this church.


Saturday, April 18
Stories of Jackson Park Walking Tour | Starts at 10 A.M.
Meet at the corner of 15th and Iowa across from St. Patrick’s Church

Founded in 1833 as the City Cemetery, the area now known as Jackson Park is rich in cultural and architectural history. Join us to explore residential, commercial, and religious architecture in the surrounding neighborhood. Tour led by Duane Hagerty & Jason Neises.

Lego Building Tournament (ages 5-12) | 10 A.M.
Carnegie-Stout Public Library (registration required)

Show off your Lego skills with fun speed during building and creativity challenges! Lego donations are appreciated. Registration Required. Register online or call the Children’s Help Desk at 563-589-4225.


Scroll to the section “Schedule” of our FACEBOOK Page for updates!

In addition, the Carnegie-Stout Public Library will be hosting these three activities:
1) K’Nex Building
Monday – Thursday 3:00 – 5:00, Friday 3:00 – 4:30
Explore the building possibilities with K’Nex building sets. Build cars, amusement park rides and even the Eiffel tower. Ages 8 – 14. Adults must accompany children under 12.
2) Popsicle Stick STEM Project
Monday – Thursday 3:00 – 5:00, Friday 3:00 – 4:30
Who knew science and physics could be so much fun? Build a catapult out of popsicle sticks and launch a nerf ball. Take home your project and continue the fun. Ages 8 – 14. Adults must accompany children under 12.
3) Drop by the Maker Space during Architecture Days and receive a unique wooden coin made on our Muse hobby laser. Watch and learn as the laser creates these coins and other items all week long.

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.

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.


Special thanks to our Architecture Days Committee: 

Jason Neises, Community Foundation

Wally Wernimont, City of Dubuque

Chris Happ-Olson, City of Dubuque

Nelson Klaviter, retired

Denette Kellogg, Carnegie-Stout Public Library

Andrew McCready, 563 Design

Chris Wand, Primus Construction (Chair)

Duane Hagerty, Heritage Works

Tim Hitzler, ALC

Michaela Freiburger, Dubuque Main Street


April 13 @ 8:00 AM
April 18 @ 5:00 PM