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May 17, 2018 @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

| $5 – $15

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Walk and Talk tour of Cottingham & Butler Building (Security Building)
800 Main St, Dubuque, Iowa 52001

Originally built as Stampfer’s Department Store, the Cottingham & Butler Building (Security Building) has been a crown jewel of Main Street since it was built in 1896. The building’s cream-colored terra cotta and elaborate Beaux-Arts style ornament have been lovingly restored by the Butler family and has given us a glimpse of what Dubuque looking like during the Gilded Age. The building’s designer, Fridolin Heer, was one of Dubuque’s most prominent architects and also designed the Dubuque County Courthouse and the Town Clock. We’ll explore the history of this building, how it was constructed, and the recent efforts to return the building to its original glory.
The tour will begin at noon in the Cottingham & Butler Building lobby. There is a suggested $5 donation.


DuMA and Heritage Works partner to present a series of walking tours of Dubuque architecture.

Walk and Talk and Ale and Architecture will provide insights into Dubuque’s historic buildings.

Walk and Talk are 45-60 minute lunchtime tours in downtown Dubuque including the Historic Federal Building, the Roshek building, US Bank and the Grand Opera House. Tours will focus on form and function with interior/exterior interpretation.

Ale and Architecture consists of 90-120 minute walking tours of bars in the historic upper and lower Main Streets. Patrons will make 2-3 stops in bars along the route and can purchase their own drinks at each stop. Tours will be given by Jason Neises, Vice Chair of the Dubuque County Preservation Committee.


  • Walk & Talk: Cottingham & Butler Building (Security Building)
    Thursday, May 17, 12:00pm
    Cottingham & Butler lobby, 8th & Main
  • Ale & Architecture: Courthouse District
    Thursday, June 21, 6:00pm
    Grand Tap, 802 Central Ave
    NOTE : Tour does not return to the starting location; ends at The Smokestack, 62 E. 7th St.
  • Walk & Talk: US Bank Building & Dubuque Museum of Art
    Thursday, July 19, 12:00pm
    Dubuque Museum of Art lobby, 701 Locust St.
  • Ale & Architecture: Central Ave. Corridor
    Thursday, August 23, 6:00pm
    Noonan’s Tap, 1618 Central Ave.
    NOTE : Tour does not return to the starting location; ends at Next Phase Karaoke Bar, 1902 Central Ave.


Walk & Talk – $5 suggested donation
Ale & Architecture – $15 ($10 DuMA Members)

Call the Museum at 563-557-1851 if you have any questions, or if you are unable to use the online form above.


May 17, 2018
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
$5 – $15
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Cottingham and Butler
800 Main Street
Dubuque, IA 52001 United States
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