Historic Preservation

Historic Preservation in Dubuque 

The City of Dubuque has a strong commitment to identifying and conserving its cultural resources. We recognize that the historic, architectural and archeological resources of Dubuque are a key to our economic prosperity and quality of life. These resources, like the Mississippi River, help form Dubuque’s unique identity.
Historic preservation is the “poster child” of sustainability – with its economic, environmental, and cultural benefits. Preservation enhances the vibrancy of neighborhoods and cities, instilling pride and value through increased property values, as well as enhanced quality of life, sense of place and neighborhood pride. Preservation translates into economic prosperity through creation of new jobs, retention of existing jobs – especially in construction trades, stimulation of private investment, tourism and business growth, and financial investment in property improvements. Dubuque’s historic preservation regulations, design review process, and design guidelines are a resource to guide property owners, contractors, and design professionals with preserving and enhancing the historic characteristics of a building, in turn fostering neighborhood stability and community vitality.

Illustrated design guidelines are available for historic districts as well as the downtown, historic millwork district, and older neighborhoods. Click here to view the documents.

We have documented the historical and architectural significance of nearly 5,000 properties in Dubuque. Use the information on this site to explore our historic landmarks, sites, districts, downtown and neighborhoods.