504 Bluff St., Dubuque, Iowa


West Elevation

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



The Redstone 

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


19th Century (37,051)
Bed & Breakfast (9)
Brick (42,460)
Built 1888 (671)
Built during 1880s (6,331)
Dubuque County, Iowa (71)
Dubuque, Iowa (51)
House (27,141)
Iowa (2,497)
Private owner (54,396)
Romanesque (2,715)
Sandstone (4,861)
Stone (26,162)
Terra cotta (3,922)
Thomas Carkeek (5)
Victorian (19,697)

Update Log 

  • December 6, 2015: Updated by J.R. Manning: Added to Bed & Breakfast Category
  • April 28, 2013: Essay added by J.R. Manning
  • April 28, 2013: New photos from J.R. Manning

Related landmarks 

  • Cathedral Historic District (Parent district) - The Redstone is a Bed & Breakfast with its own NRHP Listing and entry on Landmark Hunter