One of the first buildings to undergo transformation as of recent is Washington Court, an adaptive reuse of the Dubuque Casket Company building to create thirty-six affordable rental housing units and office space for the Crescent Community Health Center and Project Concern – two non-profit organizations serving the needs of local residents. This project has created quality, affordable housing within walking distance of many neighborhood services: grocery, pharmacy, church, school, restaurants, etc.
Located at 1798 Washington Street, this $7.2 million investment in the heart of the Washington Neighborhood has been transformational.
And as cool as that building turned out, there’s one that has a functional fire pole. A real one. Fire Engine House Number 1 is one of two surviving Dubuque fire engine houses that date from the last quarter of the 19th century. It is a well-preserved example of the earlier design work of noted Dubuque architect Fridolin Heer, a self-taught architect whose work includes the Dubuque County Courthouse, Sacred Heart Church and School, and the Dubuque Brewing and Malting Company. The building is prominently located at the head of Central Avenue.