Carr, Adams & Collier Company, Dubuque, Iowa, Part One

The massive complex of the Carr, Adams & Collier Company, taking up multiple blocks of the woodworking district of Dubuque, was once one of the largest supplier of millwork in the city. It became Caradco, apparently, before eventually going broke. The revitalization and adaptive reuse of its old buildings is perhaps one of the great success stories of urban renewal in America.

I suspect trains once originally drove right down the middle of this building; the loading dock seen in the shadows today was probably added later.

All of the products the company once made are emblazoned on the side of the buildings like a frozen marquee.

See Part Two here.

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