The Washington Neighborhood is one of Dubuque’s oldest and most diverse neighborhoods. The neighborhood’s first residents were German and Irish immigrant families who found work in the manufacturing and industrial factories that were once an integral part of the neighborhood fabric.
The neighborhood is in the center of Dubuque’s urban core and borders the Historic Millwork District, Bee Branch and North End District and Downtown. The Washington neighborhood has many historically significant residential and commercial structures. Eighty-six percent of the properties were built prior to 1939, and many of the buildings date to the 1880’s and 1890’s. Exterior architecture on these older building remain basically intact.
The Washington Neighborhood has been a major focus for reinvestment efforts by the City of Dubuque since 2005. Its historic architecture, central location and wide range of housing stock provide key assets to build upon.