Bank and Insurance Building, Dubuque, Iowa

Built by a host of Dubuque’s financial giants to create what we would probably now call “Class A Office Space,” the Bank and Insurance, or Fischer, Building, dominates Main Street at the corner of 9th Street. It opened in 1895 and is a tour-de-force of terracotta ornament. The top and street level stories have been adulterated, but not beyond salvation. Apparently a plan is afoot to restore the building to its original appearance.

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