Our Town

City of Dubuque, Iowa

Dubuque, Iowa



Set along the Mississippi River, Dubuque has a population of 60,000, and is Iowa's oldest city. Known for its historic architecture, the city has several buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, which contribute to Dubuque's unique character.

The city plans to capitalize on its architectural assets with the Dubuque Historic Millwork District (HMD). The HMD contains more than one million square feet of historic warehouse space ideal for urban mixed-use development, and will accommodate and showcase Dubuque's active arts and cultural communities. Project activities supported by the Arts Endowment will include development of designs for the renovation, restoration, and adaptive re-use of historic structures as cultural facilities and artist live/work spaces. The funds will also support engagement of artists and arts organizations in place-based planning and programming for the HMD. The project will be led by the City of Dubuque in partnership with Dubuque Main Street/Downtown Dubuque Cultural Corridor, with committed support from Gronen Restoration, Jeffrey Morton Associates, PLACE (Projects Linking Art, Community & Environment), the Dubuque Museum of Art, Dubuque County Fine Arts Society, Fly-By-Night Productions, Dubuque Art Center, and the Julien International Film Festival.