Dubuque's Sacred Heart School added to National Register of Historic Places

Marquette Hall in Dubuque is the site of Sacred Heart School, which closed in 2004. A developer plans to renovate the building into 28 apartment units. (Allison Wong, KCRG-TV9)
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DES MOINES, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- Sacred Heart School in Dubuque has been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

The school was built in 1915 at 2238 Queen Street in Dubuque to replace Marquette Hall near the Sacred Heart Church that was constructed in 1888. The school was also near the Sacred Heart Paris Rectory built in 1882 and Sacred Heart Church-Sacred Heart School built in 1880.

"We're pleased Sacred Heart School has been added to the National Register of Historic Places, and we commend all the stakeholders who worked so hard on this successful nomination," State Historian Laura Sadowsky said. "This recognition marks an important milestone for Dubuque as it continues to preserve the legacy of its past for future generations of Iowans to enjoy."

During the 'new' school's first year in 1916, the Sisters of St. Francis and Prof. Dreher taught over 640 students in grades kindergarten through 8th grade.

Although the school no longer serves the Catholic community, the National Register nomination said its close proximity to remaining parish buildings--the church and rectory, serve as a key to its historic status.

The school building's historic status also is tied to the Dubuque architectural firm of Frid. Heer & Son, an important force in the city for decades.

15 of the firm's buildings are listed on the National Register, some being the Dubuque Brewing & Malting Co. (1896) and the Security Building (1896). The firm's list also includes six residences, some being the David B. Henderson House (1879) and the Anthony F. Heeb House (1901).

"Sacred Heart School represents an important and exceptionally well-preserved example of a school designed by Frid. Heer & Son," according to the nomination. "Despite the number of Heer-designed buildings that have been recognized by inclusion on the National Register of Historic (Places), none are schools. Sacred Heart School is an important representative of the firm’s work specific to that property type."

The former school is currently undergoing rehabilitation planning and will be turned into moderate-income housing.