In 1934, the City of Dubuque was awarded $200,000 from the Works Progress Administration (WPA) to complete landscapes and shelters at Eagle Point Park in Dubuque, Iowa. They turned to the young Prairie School landscape architect, Alfred Caldwell, to design and then supervise the construction of landscapes and shelters at Eagle Point Park. Caldwell executed the first phases of his vision on the north side of Eagle Point Park in less than 18 months. He was let go in 1936 and returned to Chicago where he went on to become one of the last great masters of Prairie School landscape design.
This year’s Dubuque Heritage Festival will focus on Caldwell’s work at Eagle Point Park leading to a deeper understanding of its history and design. There will be events and sessions for all ages and all levels of interest. Please join us!
On Saturday, October 8, 2016 Heritage Works, in partnership with the City of Dubuque and Selser Schaefer Architects will host a community celebration that will focus on educating the community about the significance of Alfred Caldwell’s work at Eagle Point Park.
This celebration will be an opportunity for the Dubuque community to experience Caldwell’s work at Eagle Point Park in different ways. As a public space, the community has enjoyed Eagle Point Park as a recreation space.
This event will enhance the community’s knowledge and enjoyment of Caldwell’s work, while raising awareness of the need to maintain and preserve the park for future generations to enjoy.
ALL DAY – Mississippi River Workshops – Sketch booking Workshop (Registration Fee)
5 – 10 p.m. – Reception and Display of Restored Caldwell Drawings – Dubuque Museum of Art ($10 admission fee)
All events are at Eagle Point Park
Free Admission, including Park Admission (except as noted)
9-11 a.m. – Caldwell For Kids: Youth Hands-on Activity
9:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. & 2:15-5 p.m. – Docent-led tours of Caldwell Shelters and Landscapes
Noon-12:30 p.m. – “A Short History of Eagle Point Park” – Presentation by Steve Ulstad, AIA ASLA, Ulstad Architects
12:30–1 p.m. – “A Conversation with Alfred Caldwell” – Presentation by June Finfer, President and Producer at Lost and Found Productions
1-1:30 p.m. – “Caldwell in Chicago” – Presentation by Julia Bachrach, Planning Supervisor for the Chicago Park District and Caldwell historian
1:30-2 p.m. – “Restoration of Caldwell’s Work” – Presentation by Joel Baldin, ASLA, Principal of Hitchcock Design Group in Chicago
2-5 p.m. – “Alfred Caldwell’s Eagle Point Park” – Video Presentation (continual play) produced by Lost and Found Productions