12 Story Beaux-arts tower in downtown Dubuque
This Beaux-arts, steel frame tower with brick/marble fašade was completed in 1923. The American Trust and Savings Bank was one of two banks in Dubuque to survive the banking crisis of the 1930s.
A newer addition is a tower on the roof of the 12 story building that is used for weather forecasting. The narrow tower is ringed with red neon and a box on the top changes color to indicate the forecast.
If the red neon flashes bottom to top, warmer temperatures are predicted, if the red neon flashes top to bottom, the temperature will drop. Steady red means no change.
The color of the light continues the weather forecast:
White = Clear
Green = Cloudy
Red = Rain
Flashing red = Snow
Steady = No change
Flashing up = Warmer
Flashing down = Colder
Editor's note, a similar sign predicts weather on the roof of the Wisconsin Gas Light Company Building in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
this is a great tool for the town of Dubuque and i was told the story a few years back but it was not complete so i looked it up and it is very cool but i know there are a lot of people living in Dubuque and driving thru that have no idea what it means. it would be great to let every one know the whole story not sure how either radio newspaper a contest a saying on the calendar something is it great any ways i every morning and night i check it out thanks.