Dubuque Millworking Historic District

White, Jackson, Elm between E. 6th and E. 11th Sts., Dubuque, Iowa


Welcome to the Millworking District

This area was once a booming industrial area that specialized in many types of wood working shops. Most of it is gone, although there is at least one major millwork manufacturer in operation here. Many of the other buildings have been repurposed to other industrial applications, some have been converted to office space, some have been, or are being converted to living space. Many are, sadly, standing unused but a major renewal program is underway to convert the district to a modern urban area, with mixed usage of light industrial, retail, professional and residential facilities.

Let's take a tour of the district.

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in April 2013




"The Historic Millwork District is saturated with history. It imbues the area with authenticity and character while offering valuable lessons about the importance of sustainable urban design strategies. At the start of the 20th century, the District was the innovative and entrepreneurial center of the region and was the backbone of the regional economy. Dozens of companies, 2,500 employees, a district heating system, and intimate connections to Downtown and the Washington Neighborhood characterized the District. The revitalization of the Historic Millwork District will resurrect the forgotten strategy that connects people, planet, and profit in a mixed-use neighborhood. It offers a vision for a community reconnected with surrounding neighborhoods, reenergized with housing, retail, offices, galleries, entertainment, and employment, and re-imagined as a laboratory for sustainable practices and technologies."
~From the City of Dubuque Website

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on November 7, 2008
Reference number
Architectural styles
Victorian: Renaissance; Late 19th and 20th Century Revival: Late Gothic Revival
Areas of significance
Architecture; Industry
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic function
Manufacturing facility
Current function
Manufacturing facility
Periods of significance
1875-1899; 1900-1924; 1925-1949; 1950-1974
Significant years
1906; 1910; 1911
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 19
Contributing structures: 5

Update Log 

  • May 28, 2013: Updated by J.R. Manning: Added GPS Coordinates and Description
  • May 12, 2013: New photos from J.R. Manning