The mission of Dubuque Main Street’s 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. The of theme of this year’s Architecture Days, “Historic Industry,” shines a spotlight on historic manufactures and industry once in Downtown Dubuque.

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.

Opening Art Reception & Neighborhoods Presentation
Monday, April 3
5-7 PM @ Millwork Marketplace (333 E. 10th St.)

From 5:00-6:00 p.m., join for the Millwork Marketplace for Senior Photography Club’s display of Historical Architecture in Downtown Dubuque Art Reception. (The gallery will also be open 12:00-6:00 p.m. for self-guided tours through Friday, April 7.)

From 6:00-7:00 p.m., join Duane Hagerty and Ryan Engelman of Heritage Works for “A Tale of Two Working Class Neighborhoods: Little Dublin and the Washington Neighborhood,” 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 southside, most of which is was demolished in the 1990s.

Key City Creative Center Tour
Tuesday, April 4
12 PM @ Key City Creative Center (1781 White St.)

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.

A.A. Cooper Presentation & Ken Kringle Historic Preservation Awards
Tuesday, April 4
5:30 PM @ The Venue (285 Main St.)

At 5:30 p.m., a reception features presenters Katie Fischer and Larry Friedman for a book signing. At 6:00 p.m., Fischer and Friedman share the trials and adventures of A.A. Cooper and his industry which encompassed part of the South Port, Old Main, and expanded into the Cable Car Square Districts. After the Cooper Presentation, the Ken Kringle Historic Preservation Awards share the true history of Dubuque, Iowa’s Oldest City.

Shot Tower Tour
Wednesday, April 5
12 PM @ Shot Tower (600 E. Commercial St.)

Come see the inside of 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. Screening
Wednesday, April 5
6 PM @ Aigler Auditorium, Carnegie-Stout 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 1930s. 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.

Avery Railing & Key City Iron Works Tour
Thursday, April 6
12 PM @ Avery Railing & Key City Iron Works (168 E. 10th St.)

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, walk past many of the most influential buildings during the boom in Downtown Dubuque as you’ll travel to Key City Iron Works. Join 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.

Fannie Stout Tour
Friday, April 7
12 PM @ Fannie Stout (1145 Locust St.)

Located near the Carnegie-Stout, 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.

Walking Tour
Saturday, April 8
10-11:30 AM @ 14th St. & Central Ave. (park in the DB&T lot)

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.

Kids Crafts at the Library: “Design & Create with Popsicle Sticks”
Saturday, April 8
2-3 PM @ Carnegie-Stout Library

Kids ages 8-12 are invited to use their 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.

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.

Information on the Architecture Days Scavenger Hunt are forthcoming; for more information, visit

Editor’s note: This article was compiled using information from


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