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Architecture Days

A weeklong series of FREE events inspired by National Architecture Week!

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.

Dubuque Main Street, in collaboration with many local businesses and organizations, will celebrate Architecture Days on April 7-12, 2014, featuring a schedule of free tours and events highlighting “Sacred Spaces”—historically significant religious institutions within the downtown districts.

The Sacred Spaces theme will bring awareness to and increase appreciation of the various religious establishments of downtown Dubuque. Some of the structures highlighted are no longer utilized as places of worship, and others have been restored to their original purpose after a period of vacancy or alternative use.

Evening Architecture Presentation and Tour
Tuesday, April 8, from 6:00-8:00 P.M. | The Bridge Christian Community, 395 W 9th St.
Chicago-based historian Duane Hagerty will deliver a presentation on “Fridolin Heer, Guido Beck, and Martin Heer, Dubuque’s Three German Architects: Their Church Designs and Impact,” featuring the history of Dubuque’s iconic downtown religious structures including St. Raphael Cathedral and the former St. Mary’s Church.  Hagerty is the owner of Hagerty Heritage Planning, a historic preservation consulting firm based in Chicago, Illinois.  Hagerty has had a life-long passion for history and architecture, specifically the architectural history of the rich religious heritage of Northeast Iowa.  He has been actively involved with efforts to preserve and redevelop the St. Mary’s parish complex in Dubuque.

Both the City of Dubuque’s 2013 Ken Kringle Historic Preservation Awards and the Dubuque County Historical Society’s 2013 Preservation Awards will also be presented that evening.
This event is free to the public, but due to space constraints is limited to 120 attendees. RSVPs are required. Guests may make reservations at 563-588-4400 or christie@dubuquemainstreet.org.

Free Historical Presentation and Tours (12:00 P.M. Each Day)
Historian Mike Gibson will present a historical discussion of Dubuque. Volunteers will lead tours and discussions highlighting various religious buildings in Dubuque.

  • Monday, April 7 | Presentation by Mike Gibson of Loras College, at Selser Schaefer Architects, 240 West 2nd St. Brown bag lunch suggested.
  • Tuesday, April 8 | Tour & History of the former St. Mary’s Church, 1555 White St. Presentation by Duane Hagerty.
  •  Wednesday, April 9 | Tour & History of the St. Raphael Cathedral, 231 Bluff St.
  • Thursday, April 10 | Tour & History of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 1199 Main St.

Free Historical & Architectural Walking Tour
Saturday, April 12, 10:00 A.M. | Jackson Park Walking Tour.  Hosted by Mike Gibson of Loras College. Meet at Jackson Park.

Free Film Showing
Wednesday, April 9, 6:00 P.M.| Carnegie-Stout Public Library, 360 W. 11th St.
Carnegie-Stout Public Library will show the comedy The Money Pit in the Aigler Auditorium on the Library’s 3rd floor. Admission and snacks are free, and friendly discussion will be encouraged after the show. Starring Tom Hanks and Shelley Long, The Money Pit (1986) is an adult comedy about yuppies that experience relationship and remodeling problems when they try to renovate their Long Island home. The movie is 91 minutes long and is rated PG. For more information, please call the Library at 563-589-4225.

Dubuque Community School District Student Art Exhibit
Eleanor Roosevelt Middle School & Dubuque Senior High School artists will be featured.
Opening reception Monday, April 7 at 6:00 P.M.  in the 1st Floor Program Room at the Carnegie-Stout Public Library, 360 W. 11th St. The art exhibit will be on display from April 7-12, in the children’s department on the 1st floor.

Free Children’s Bridges Craft Program at the Carnegie-Stout Public Library
(Pre-Registration required. Class space is limited.)

Saturday, April 12, 2:00 P.M. | Carnegie-Stout Public Library, 360 W. 11th St.
Discover the world’s greatest bridges and the people who created them. After watching a short film, kids will try their hands at building a bridge using toothpicks and marshmallows. This program is open to all ages, with family participation encouraged for children younger than 6. Register by calling the Children’s Help Desk at 563-589-4225, ext. 2228.

Downtown Scavenger Hunt

Images of architectural elements for participants to locate will be featured in the Telegraph Herald. You may also download the entry form with images and map at this link. Find the locations of downtown Dubuque’s historical architectural treasures and enter for a chance to win a great gift package.

Scavenger hunt entries are due to the Dubuque Main Street office at 1069 Main St. by 5 P.M. on Wednesday, April 16, 2014.


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, the Telegraph Herald, the Old House Enthusiasts, the National Mississippi River Museum, The Dubuque County Historical Society, and the Historic Preservation Commission.


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