ABOUT - Heritage Works Dubuque
Heritage Works leverages architectural heritage to drive community revitalization and economic development in the Dubuque, Iowa area.
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Heritage Works Dubuque

Heritage Works is a comprehensive resource for those engaged in preservation and redevelopment projects in the Dubuque area. It is focused on three primary objectives: facilitating collaboration for catalytic preservation and restoration projects, including help in gathering financial assistance for such projects; community and governmental advocacy emphasizing the importance of historic preservation; and educational programming highlighting Dubuque’s rich historic and architectural heritage.

Heritage Works is a 501(c)(3) corporation.


Heritage Works preserves, protects and promotes historic architecture as one of the Dubuque, Iowa region’s unique assets in attracting people, investment and jobs.

Historic Properties Redevelopment

Heritage Works forms partnerships with individuals, businesses, government and other organizations committed to high quality, transformative historic preservation projects and practices.

Education and Training

Heritage Works assists in creating vocational training opportunities to develop the next generation of craftspeople and artisans skilled in the best restoration techniques.

Outreach and Promotion

Heritage Works educates the community about the cultural, environmental and economic benefits of historic preservation.


12 National Register Historic Districts
43 National Register of Historic Places Properties
615 buildings in 5 Local Historic Districts
9 Local Conservation Districts
10 City designated Historic Landmarks
9 Urban Revitalization Districts




Duane Hagerty is a historic preservation consultant, architectural historian and an attorney with over 22 years of legal experience in the areas of real estate transactions, commercial law, taxation and business organizations. Duane grew up near Dubuque, Iowa. He received his Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, in Political Science from the University of Northern Iowa, his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the University of Minnesota and his Master of Science in Historic Preservation from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He relocated back to Dubuque to lead Heritage Works.


Bill Doyle is an architectural historian, GIS specialist and a skilled architectural draftsman. Bill grew up in Denver, Colorado, where he received an associate’s degree in architectural drafting from Red Rocks Community College. Bill went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and a master’s degree in Historic Preservation from the University of Colorado, Denver. Bill interned at Historic Denver where he completed a citywide architectural survey.  In 2018, Bill moved from his hometown of Denver to Dubuque.


Nathaniel Kapraun has experience in communications and marketing in both the private and public sectors, combined with a strong interest in Dubuque history. Through his federal government experience, Nathaniel has sharpened his skills of problem solving and teamwork. Nathaniel’s collaborative approach results in unique and effective communications and marketing strategies. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in American History from Loras College. Nathaniel moved back to Dubuque after living in Washington, D.C.

Heritage Works Board of Directors


John Butler, Cottingham & Butler, Chairman
John Gronen, Gronen Restoration
Mary Gronen, Gronen Restoration
Dave Klavitter, Dupaco Community Credit Union
Flint Drake, Drake Law, PC
Debi Butler, Treetop Properties
Susan Farber, Magoo’s Pizza


We believe that the best outcomes are realized through collaboration across sectors. Heritage Works is proud to partner with:

City of Dubuque - A Heritage Works Partner
Four Mounds - A Heritage Works Partner
Steeple Square - A Heritage Works Partnerion - A Heritage Works Partner
Gronen Restoration - A Heritage Works Partner