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.
2015's theme of: "Be Our Guest" shines a spotlight on historic hotels and guest houses in downtown Dubuque.
The Be Our Guest theme intends to increase appreciation of the history surrounding hotels and guest houses in Dubuque’s downtown. Some of the structures to be highlighted are no longer utilized as guest houses, and others have been restored to their original purpose after a period of vacancy or alternative use.
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.
Free Building Tours
April 13-16, 12:00 P.M. Each Day
Dubuque Community School District Student Art Exhibit
On display April 13 – 18 on the mezzanine level of Hotel Julien Dubuque, 200 Main St.
Opening reception Monday, April 13 at 6:00 P.M.
Elementary students from the Dubuque Community School District who participated in the “Be Our Guest” after-school program will display art in various mediums including sculpture, pottery and painting, at the historic Hotel Julien Dubuque. The “Be Our Guest” after-school program was funded by a Mediacom Arts & Culture grant. The public is invited to view the art projects the entire week of Architecture Days, with an opening reception Monday, April 13, at 6:00 P.M.
Pinot’s Palette Paint N’ Sip Class
Tuesday, April 14, from 7:00-9:00 P.M.
($35 per person, with all materials provided.)
Attend this guided painting class featuring the historic Shot Tower and take home your custom canvas art. Attendees may bring their own beverage of choice to enjoy during the class. Space is limited to 44 attendees. Please call Pinot’s Palette to register for this class at 563-587-8466 or visit their website.
Evening Presentation & Preservation Awards
Thursday April 16, from 6:00-8:00 P.M. | Hotel Julien Dubuque, 200 Main St.
Representatives from Hotel Julien Dubuque will give an overview of the hotel’s history and recent renovation and rebirth as one of the premier area destinations. Both the City of Dubuque’s 2014 Ken Kringle Historic Preservation Awards and the Dubuque County Historical Society’s 2014 Preservation Awards will also be presented that evening.
Free Movie Night at the Carnegie-Stout Public Library
Thursday, April 16, 6:00 P.M.| Carnegie-Stout Public Library, 360 W. 11th St.
Carnegie-Stout Public Library will show the classic movie Grand Hotel on Thursday, April 16, at 6:00 p.m. in the Aigler Auditorium on the Library's 3rd Floor. Admission and snacks are free, and friendly discussion will be encouraged after the show. Winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture, the 1932 drama Grand Hotel portrays the world-weary patrons of a posh Berlin hotel. The all-star cast includes John and Lionel Barrymore, Joan Crawford, and Greta Garbo, who famously delivers the line, 'I want to be alone.' For more information, please call the Library at 563-589-4225.
Free Historical & Architectural Walking Tour
Saturday, April 18, 10:30 A.M.
“Historic Old Main” Walking Tour hosted by Mike Gibson of Loras College and Jason Neises of Iowa State University. Meet in the lobby of Hotel Julien Dubuque, 200 Main St.
Free Children’s Activity at the Carnegie-Stout Public Library
April 13-18 | Carnegie-Stout Public Library, 360 W. 11th St.
The Carnegie-Stout Public Library children’s activity, in celebration of Architecture Day’s Week: Construct a paper model of a house to build your own City to celebrate Architecture Days! Pick up your model at the Children’s Desk during regular Library hours. Questions may be directed to the Children’s Help Desk at 563-589-4225, ext. 2228.
Downtown Dubuque Architectural Scavenger Hunt
Find the locations of downtown Dubuque’s historical architectural treasures and enter for a chance to win a gift package. Entries are due to the Dubuque Main Street office at 1069 Main St. by April 21. Click here to download the official entry form.
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.