A Dubuque icon since 1867, the former home of St. Mary’s Parish is once again a hub for personal growth, celebration, and community empowerment. Steeple Square is restoring economic prosperity, environmental integrity and social and cultural vibrancy to the downtown community.
Renovations began in 2016, with steeple restoration in progress now. The former church is now Dubuque’s most unique event space, the Steeple Square Community Event Center, hosting a wide-range of events. The former school is now the Francis Apartments, permanent supportive housing for graduates of the Opening Doors program and market-rate housing. The former rectory is the future site of the Marita Theisen Childcare Center, opening in 2019.
Friends of St. Mary’s (FSM), the business operating unit for Steeple Square, is comprised of civic, non-profit, religious and community leaders working in partnership to develop affordable housing, jobs, educational training and recreational programs through the revitalization of the historic campus formerly known as the St. Mary’s Parish complex.Steeple Square is made possible by a broad community collaboration of dedicated public and private partners with proven track records of implementing innovative and transformative programs.