DUBUQUE, Iowa — Loras College, a four-year Catholic liberal arts college in Dubuque, will hold a public session at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 7, at Steeple Square, 105 E. 15th St., Dubuque, regarding the effort to place its campus on the National Register of Historical Places. The public is encouraged to attend the free event.
Loras staff and faculty along with its community partner, Heritage Works, Dubuque, will provide an update on the nomination application and identify areas where the community can help. One of those is the College’s work to create a history of the development of the campus and its key buildings, including Hoffman Hall, Keane Hall, Fieldhouse, Christ the King Chapel, and Hennessey Hall.
In July, Loras received a $6,600 Historical Resource Development Program (HDRP) grant from the State Historical Society of Iowa to nominate the Loras College Historic District to the National Register of Historic Places. If designated, Loras would be one of only two college campuses in Iowa to have its entire campus on the Register as a historic district.
“This will benefit not only Loras, but the also the Dubuque community and the surrounding area,” said Valorie Woerdehoff, director of foundation and government support at Loras. “Being on the Register can help attract more tourists and lay the groundwork for other colleges in Iowa to be recognized.”
The application process is also a learning opportunity for Loras students who are helping complete some of the necessary research and documentation.
Loras was the only college among the 27 recipients and one of three organizations in Dubuque to receive a HDRP grant. The 18-month grant will pay for the services of Heritage Works to write a nomination and all supporting materials. The nomination will then be submitted to the state and, if nominated by the State Historical Society, submitted to the U.S. Department of the Interior. A determination will then be made regarding the application.
The Loras campus is surrounded by residential neighborhoods on all sides, some of which are among the most historic in the city. The College consists of 23 buildings, two athletic fields, a stadium, and tennis courts. Because of its location atop the bluffs of Dubuque, several of the buildings can be seen from neighboring Illinois and Wisconsin.
“As Iowa’s first college, the campus has a rich history,” said Duane Hagerty, CEO of Heritage Works. “Its historic architecture and commanding location atop Dubuque’s bluffs make the Loras campus a special place.”
Founded in 1839, Loras College is Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan colleges. The 64-acre campus is perched on the top of Loras Boulevard and welcomes more than 10,000 visitors a year, including students from 24 states and 10 countries.
About Loras College
Loras College leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan colleges to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. Loras is ranked 11th out of the Top 100 baccalaureate colleges, according to the 2016 Washington Monthly College Rankings and the 13th Best Regional College, according to Midwest U.S. News Best Colleges. Visit www.loras.edu to learn more.
About Heritage Works
Heritage Works is a comprehensive resource for those engaged in preservation and redevelopment projects in the Dubuque area. It is focused on three primary objectives: facilitating collaboration for catalytic preservation and restoration projects, including help in gathering financial assistance for such projects; community and governmental advocacy emphasizing the importance of historic preservation; and educational programming highlighting Dubuque’s rich historic and architectural heritage. Heritage Works is a 501(c)(3) corporation. www.heritageworksdbq.com.
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