What started it all . . .

Four Mounds was bequeathed to the City of Dubuque upon the death of Elizabeth Adams Burden in 1982. The foundation was founded as a non-profit organization in 1987 as a means to preserve the historic Four Mounds estate and make it available to the public for a variety of educational uses.

Blighted Building Gets New Life

Washington Court is an adaptive reuse of the Dubuque Casket Company building to create 36 affordable rental housing units and office space for the Crescent Community Health Center and Project Concern – two non-profit organizations serving the needs of local residents.  This project has created quality, affordable housing within walking distance of many neighborhood services:  grocery, pharmacy, church, school, restaurants, etc.

The Time was Now for this Stately Renovation

The Town Clock Building serves as the original project that launched Gronen Restoration’s specialization in complicated layering of multiple funding sources. Located at 823-825 Main Street, and now the headquarters of Cottingham & Butler insurance company, the three-story structure underwent a $3.1 million transformation to become a stunning office facility.

Beaux Arts Beauty

This Beaux Arts style building at 800 Main Street—originally Stampfer’s Department Store—is now a beautiful part of the Cottingham & Butler Insurance Company’s campus in downtown Dubuque. Gronen Restoration was responsible for coordinating the restoration of the architectural details of the first floor, mezzanine, and the entire exterior – including terra cotta replacement, the installation of historically-correct prism glass and iron work, and masonry repair. This $10 million project has produced beautiful results in Dubuque’s revitalized downtown.

True urbanism — density, diversity, energy, and sociability

The Schmid Innovation Center, also known as the CARADCO Project serves as a catalyst and benchmark for the sustainable revitalization of the Historic Millwork District, as well as a model for the other projects that will follow. The Schmid Innovation Center’s revitalization in a pedestrian-friendly, urban cultural atmosphere supports sustainable design principles, which include the reuse of existing buildings and infrastructure, energy-efficient features, complete streets, and connectivity to jobs and services in a downtown setting.

It What's in Store . .

The $43 million rehabilitation of the Roshek Building, located at 700 Locust Street, is the largest and most formidable sustainable project ever to take place in the City of Dubuque. With the building now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the project called for the complete overhaul of over 250,000 square feet, including nine floors above grade, a lower level, and a sub-basement.

White House front

Built in 1924, for George (Billy) and Elizabeth (Adams) Burden, the White House is part of the Four Mounds estate and was the home to the Burdens, who raised their three children there. Unlike the Four Mounds Grey House, the White House is not a modern style, but a fine example of a 1920’s Colonial Revival style home. Although it is not a large home, the style and furnishings were formal and highly decorative in contrast to the masculine and minimal Arts & Crafts style of the Grey House. It is now a Bed & Breakfast featuring four lovely bedrooms that can be rented individually, or you can rent the entire house.

Historic Upper Main Street

Dubuque’s Upper Main Street Revitalization (The 1000 Block) project involved the complete renovation of six blighted buildings, restoring fourteen historic storefronts and creating thirty quality affordable housing units. This $6 million project not only restored the block’s storefronts to historic accuracy, but has helped to spark an economic revitalization of the area.  Upper Main Street is now home to eight retail and entertainment businesses and thirty quality apartment units.

The Old German Bank

Known for a number of years as the Silver Dollar Cantina and now home to an upscale steakhouse, the German Bank building has served as a favorite destination for locals and tourists alike. The $1.6 million project meticulously restored the German Bank inside and out in just under a year. The exterior includes one of the most distinctive façades in the City of Dubuque – an ornate design created from white terra cotta and glazed with a porcelain-like finish.

Engine House Front Slide
Engine House No. 1

The rehabilitation project entailed a careful exterior restoration and detailed reconstruction of (Fire) Engine House No. 1. The first floor accommodates a new neighborhood head start pre-school facility to include a large classroom area, a full-surface kitchen, restrooms and utility spaces. The second floor accommodates a community wellness program for the Crescent Community Health Center.