Dubuque Architecture Days

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Tour the only Shot Tower left west of the Mississippi, explore the restored Historic Millwork District and more during Dubuque Architecture days.


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 south side, 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.

5:30 PM: A.A. Cooper Presentation and Preservation Awards

The Venue, 285 Main Street

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!


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!

F.I.S.T.

Carnegie-Stout Library, 3rd Floor Aigler

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 – 11:30 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”r
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.


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