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A Victorian in Dubuque: 1940

A Victorian in Dubuque: 1940

April 1940. "Victorian house. Dubuque, Iowa." Medium format acetate negative by John Vachon for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.


The other stone

This may be AA Cooper's earlier mansion, Greystone. It was just across the street from Redstone, and built with gray stone - imaginative fella, that AA. Greystone was demolished in 1956 for a parking lot.

It's the Greystone

A little more detective work pulls up a photograph over at FindAGrave called "Practicing the art of porch sitting" showing the Cooper family on the porch of a building identified as the Greystone. The distinctive columns in the photo there match the columns on the porch here - so I think we've got a match.

Located directly across Bluff Street from the Redstone, it was - sadly - torn down in 1956 to make way for a municipal parking lot.

The Redstone's father, the Greystone

The Redstone wasn't quite a match. Turns out that this photo is of the Greystone, AA Cooper's grand residence in Dubuque. It was razed in the 1950s and is now the site of a parking lot. AA Cooper built the Redstone across the street for his daughter, and it survives as a Bed and Breakfast where you can stay. AA Cooper grew rich as a wagon manufacturer.

It's Greystone Not Redstone

Mr. Cooper built 3 houses on the same block. The one pictured is Greystone (yes, it was torn down for a parking lot in the 50s). A picture from its heyday is here:

We know this guy!

A A Cooper is the guy whose name appears on the side of an old warehouse, last seen on Shorpy here.

Redstone Mansion

I noticed "A A Cooper" etched into the concrete on the first step. This seems to be the Redstone Mansion in Dubuque.

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