504 Bluff St., Dubuque, Iowa
The Redstone was built by wagon builder, A.A. Cooper for his daughter and son-in-law's residence. It was across the street from Cooper's residence, a mansion named Greystone, located about where the photographer is standing. Note the Romanesque tower.
Photo taken by J.R. Manning in April 2013
+42.49786, -90.6681042°29'52" N, 90°40'05" W
Quadrangle map:Dubuque South
Written by J.R. Manning
The Redstone was built by Augustine A. Cooper, a successful builder of wagons in Dubuque. (Long since out of business, one of the Cooper Wagon Works buildings still stands in Dubuque.) Cooper built three mansions here, the first was Greystone, a four story masterpiece that stood on the northwest corner of Bluff and 5th Streets. It was demolished to make way for the parking lot across the street.
York House stood on the corner of Bluff and 6th Street, where Cooper's daughter and son in law resided. It was demolished to make way for the post office.
Redstone was built for his other daughter and son in law. The Redstone survives, saved from the wrecking ball in the 1980s to serve as a charming bed and breakfast. The Romanesque tower, leaded glass, stained glass and carved sandstone make this Queen Anne a delightful example of the architecture of the late 19th Century.
National Register information
- Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on December 12, 1976
- Reference number
- Architectural styles
- Other architectural type; Victorian: Romanesque; Richardsonian Romanesque
- Area of significance
- Level of significance
- Evaluation criteria
- C - Design/Construction
- Property type
- Historic function
- Single dwelling
- Period of significance
- Significant year
- December 6, 2015: Updated by J.R. Manning: Added to Bed & Breakfast Category
- April 28, 2013: Essay added by J.R. Manning
- Cathedral Historic District (Parent district) - The Redstone is a Bed & Breakfast with its own NRHP Listing and entry on Landmark Hunter