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Dubuque Main Street Presents: Architecture Days 2017

April 3, 2017 - April 8, 2017

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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. 2017’s theme of: “Historic Industry” shines a spotlight on historic manufactures and industry 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.


Monday, April 3, 2017
Opening Reception
Millwork Marketplace (333 E 10th Street, next to Backpocket Taproom)
5-6PM: Art Reception
Join us in the Millwork Marketplace for Senior Photography Club’s display of Historical Architecture in Downtown Dubuque Art Reception.
This gallery will be open Noon-6PM for a self guided tour through Friday, April 7, 2017.
6-7PM: “A Tale of Two Working Class Neighborhoods: Little Dublin and the Washington Neighborhood”
Please join Duane Hagerty and Ryan Engelman of Heritage Works for an examination and comparison of Dubuque’s Irish and German immigrant working class neighborhoods. This presentation will focus on the history and architecture of the Washington Neighborhood on the north side and “Little Dublin” on the southside, most of which is was demolished in the 1990s.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Key City Creative Center Tour
1781 White Street Noon: Building Tour
Recently established, view the modern integration of the industrial workers. Located in the former Rafoth Sheet Metal buildings, view the new makerspace which integrates everything from Auto Repair to Sewing.
A.A. Cooper Presentation and Preservation Awards
The Venue, 285 Main
5:30 PM: A.A. Cooper Reception
Join our featured presenters Katie Fischer and Larry Friedman for book signing and our Architecture Days reception!
6 PM: A.A. Cooper Presentation
Circulated in Fall 2016, Fischer and Friedman share the trials and adventures of A.A. Cooper. Did you realize his industry encompassed part of the South Port, Old Main, and expanded into the Cable Car Square Districts? Join us to learn more about A.A. Cooper!
After Cooper Presentation: City and County Historic Preservation Awards
City and County historic preservation awards share the true history of Dubuque, Iowa’s Oldest City!

Architecture Days 2017 Preservation Awards Release

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Shot Tower Tour
600 E. Commercial Street Noon: Tour
Have you ever wanted to see inside the Shot Tower? Come see the tower and learn more about its history and rehabilitation. Meet at the base of the Shot Tower for this tour!
Carnegie-Stout Library, 3rd Floor Aigler Auditorium 6 PM: Movie at the Library
Did you know a large part of filming for this movie took place in Downtown Dubuque? A warehouse worker joins a labor union in the late 1930’s. Little does he know sacrificing his principles to move up in the union is all part of establishing a stronger influence of the union. Admission is free, but seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. The movie is 2 hours 25 minutes long and is rated PG. Closed captioning or subtitles will be turned on.
For more information, visit us online at www.dubuque.lib.ia.us/movienight. Make sure to look for the A.A. Cooper cabinet!

Thursday, April 6, 2017
Avery Railing &Key City Iron Works Tour
168 E. 10th Street Noon: Building Tours
Jim Avery created some of the most beautiful works of art, many use as hand railings. View the locations where his industry boomed. Continuing with the historical industry theme, we will walk past many of the most influential buildings during the boom in Downtown Dubuque as we travel to Key City Iron Works. Join us on a tour of the soon-to-be repurposed building which still contains nearly untouched historical pieces of industrial machinery that tell the story of our industrial past.

Friday, April 7, 2017
Fannie Stout Tour
1145 Locust Street Noon: Building Tour
Located near the Carnegie STOUT Library, listen to the stories of the building’s past and take a tour of those who made a living during the historic industry boom. Bring your eye for architecture and excitement to this tour!

Saturday, April 8, 2017
Walking Tour
14th & Central Start (Please park in the DB&T Lot) 10-1130 AM: Walking Tour
This walking tour features the Upper Central Ave. Commercial National Register Historic District starting at 14th Street through 19th street. This commercial corridor was established to support the north side working class neighborhoods. Today it contains some of the most significant commercial architecture in Dubuque. Bring your walking shoes for this five block tour which will end at 19th and Central. (Note the tour will not end at our start location, and will end five blocks away from the DB&T parking lot.)
Kids Crafts at the Library
Carnegie-Stout Library, 360 W 11th Street 2-3 PM: “Design & Create with Popsicle Sticks”
Use your design skills to build and create towers, houses, bridges, buildings and much more with Popsicle sticks. For ages 8 to 12. The program is free, so please register at the Children’s Desk at the Library or by calling (563) 589-4225 ext. 2228.

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

Mike Gibson, Center for Dubuque History at Loras College

David Johnson, City of Dubuque

Nelson Klavviter, retired

Denette Kellogg, Carnegie-Stout Public Library

Andrew McCready, Selser-Schaefer Architects

Chris Wand, Primus Construction (Chair)

Duane Hagerty, Heritage Works

Shirley Davis Orwell, Dubuque Community School District

Michaela Freiburger, Dubuque Main Street


April 3, 2017
April 8, 2017