Dupaco Alley to Open as Publicly-Accessible Pedestrian Walkway

DUBUQUE, Iowa—After nearly a century of being infilled with cement blocks and nearly two years of renovations, Dupaco Alley—the alley connecting East 10th and East 11th Streets at the Dupaco Voices Building—will officially open as a publicly-accessible pedestrian walkway on Monday, December 7, 2020.

Dupaco Community Credit Union is planning a virtual walkthrough of Dupaco Alley, which will launch at Dupaco.com/voices and through the credit union’s Facebook page on Dec. 7, 2020 at 12:30 p.m. CT.  After the virtual walkthrough, Dupaco Alley will remain permanently open to the public as pedestrian walkway.

Meanwhile, a grand opening celebration for the completion of the Dupaco Operations Center and the Dupaco Voices Building will be set at a later date in 2021.

Renovation work at the building remains on schedule to be completed by the end of 2020.  While several dozen employees will move into the operations center later this month, the COVID-19 pandemic will slow the eventual transition of nearly 200 employees to that location. 

Once completed, the 264-foot long, 19-foot wide, mostly-covered Dupaco Alley will become the main entrance to the Dupaco Voices Building and provide bicycle parking and multiple access points into storefronts on both sides of the alley.  With electrical outlets added during the buildings renovation, an illuminated Dupaco Alley can accommodate live music, outdoor dining, and even food trucks.

“This is the first time in nearly 100 years that this complete stretch of alley has been open to the public,” said Joe Hearn, Dupaco President and CEO.  “This is truly a unique space in the Millwork District and Dubuque. We’re excited to have the public experience the beauty of the building, which will be home to Dupaco employees and future business and retail tenants.” 

Hearn noted that there has been a lot of interest in leasing the first and second floor of the Dupaco Voices Building which will potentially feature a mix of retail, entertainment and community space.

Dupaco Alley and its iconic archway, mirrors the Caradco building’s archway across 10th Street and was infilled with cement blocks to serve as a loading dock in the mid- to late – 20th century.  The cement blocks and garage doors that displayed the Pink Lady mural were removed in June 2019 as part of the renovation process.  The heart of the Pink Lady mural will return to the building and be permanently on display inside the Dupaco Voices lobby on the alley level of the building.

The pedestrian walkway, starting at E. 11th Street, crosses E. 10th Street to connect the already open alley and courtyard that runs through the Caradco Building. The alley continues south to E. 8th Street. It continues north past the Marriott and through Dubuque’s green alleys all the way to Comiskey Park at E. 24th Street.

The 174,670 square-foot, five-story Dupaco Voices Building located at 1000 Jackson Street originally was built in 1924 as part of the Carr, Ryder & Adams Manufacturing Company. Dubuque’s Millwork District was the largest makers of windows, doors, and cabinetry in the United States.


Dupaco Community Credit Union is a not-for-profit, member-owned financial cooperative. It is dedicated to the financial sustainability of its members, and specializes in customized financial counseling, money advice and education. It offers savings, loans, investments, insurance and wealth management products for individuals and businesses. Dupaco serves residents in 112 counties throughout Iowa, northwest Illinois and southwest Wisconsin. Chartered in 1948, membership totals more than 134,000 with assets exceeding $2.3 billion. Visit Dupaco at www.dupaco.com.

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