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.


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 recently 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 Kavitter, Dupaco Community Credit Union
Flint Drake, Drake Law, PC
Debi Butler


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

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