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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.


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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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