Historic Preservation Cooper Wagon Works Apartments Dubuque, Iowa

The original Cooper Wagon Works Building, originally constructed in 1895, had been serving as a restaurant and reception hall between 2001 and 2009, before closing and lying dormate for a year.

Morning Star Studio worked with Jim Hobart from 73 CHS Forward development company to develop apartment plans for downtown housing. The City of Dubuque has encouraged more downtown housing with the addition of 1500 IBM employees to the area.

The building will provide 21 apartment units on the three upper levels, and a new restaurant will make first floor their home. Space in the lower level will be leased for a future bar/nite club.

The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, therefore the exterior work is limited to repair of masonry and concrete features. A window replacement was included in the 2001 renovation.

Interior work included demolition from the most recent 2001 renovation, as well as structural support of the existing south wall. An outdoor roof deck has been included as a tenant amenity.

The project was the recipient of the 2010-2011 Dubuque Main Street award for
“Best Total Building Rehabilitation more than 5,000 Sq. Ft.”