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Located on the second and third floors of the Schmid Innovation Center, the CARADCO Lofts were the first apartment lofts in the Historic Millwork District.


The former CARADCO Building was rehabilitated and opened in the fall of 2012. The Carr, Adams, & Collier Company (CARADCO) Main Plant Building is a former millwork factory in what was the nation’s largest window and door manufacturing district. CARADCO occupies an entire city block, was built between 1880 and 1906, and is adjacent to Dubuque’s downtown, walkable, working class neighborhoods.


Made up of 72 apartments, along with retail, restaurants, and commercial entities in the Schmid Innovation Center, the CARADCO Lofts offer a unique, vibrant living experience.



  • Secure entrance to residential units

  • Smoke-free building

  • Laundry facilities in each unit

  • In-floor heat

  • Energy-efficient utilities and Energy Star appliances

  • Outdoor common decks equipped with gas grills

  • Exposed stone, brick, beams, columns, and joists

  • Large windows and high ceilings

  • Fresh air system

  • Community game room/fitness room

  • Commercial grade common laundry facilities

  • Convenient trash/recycling compaction system with chutes on each floor

  • Courtyard community space

  • Dry cleaning pick up/drop off

  • Green housekeeping

  • One off-street parking pass included

  • Bike friendly

"The CARADCO Lofts are a great, unique apartment complex surrounded by a number of current amenities and an area that is blossoming with future growth. Having lived in Chicago for a number of years, the Millwork District environment quenches my thirst for a more urban lifestyle here in Dubuque."

—Tim C.

"I am so impressed with all of the little things that make CARADCO Lofts so unique."

—Doug W.

"The service at CARADCO Lofts is awesome, friendly, and speedy with both the office and maintenance staff."

—Diane R

“We truly appreciate all that you do for us. We are so impressed with the whole Gronen philosophy and the sense of community that all of you have made available to make a difference in lives of others.”

—Maggie P.

"Gronen maintenance is always so responsive and their efforts are very much appreciated. Whether reported through the online maintenance system, or through the Community Manager, items are taken care of in a timely manner."

—Randy O.

"We are really enjoying our experience living at CARADCO Lofts and everything that it has to offer, this was one of the best decisions we have made.”

—Jeremy B.



Live, Work, and Play in the Millwork District

At the turn of the 20th Century, the Dubuque Millwork District was the heart of the region's economy. Timber floated down the Mississippi River and was used to create doors, windows, staircases, cabinetry, and more, by master craftsman at the CARADCO (Carr, Adams, and Collier) Company and Farley and Loetscher Company. But, by the 1960's and '70s, these once bustling mills had shuttered or relocated—leaving behind a rich historical legacy, in vacant or underutilized buildings. 

In 2005, the Envision 2010 process began, gathering input from thousands of tri-state citizens as to what community projects they'd like to see happen by 2010. One of the identified projects was the revitalization of Dubuque's Historic Millwork District. Public and private partners developed a master plan to transform the 17 square block district and create a place for people to live, work, and play.


The hammers started swinging in 2011, as work began on the first catalyst project, which was  the revitalization of the former CARADCO Building. This building is now home to the Schmid Innovation Center, Millwork Collective, and CARADCO Lofts.

Today, the Millwork District is a vibrant collection of over fifty offices, retail shops, and eateries.


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Dubuque 365 Impact Awards

Historic Preservation Winner


Dubuque 365 Impact Awards

Historic Preservation


Dubuque Main Street Award

Best Total Building Rehabilitation


Faces & Voices CommUNITY Award for Diversity Initiatives Nomination

Best Commercial


Ken Kringle Historic Preservation Award

Excellence in Historic Preservation


Main Street Iowa Award for Exceptional Revitalization

Best Total Building Rehabilitation


Ken Kringle Historic Preservation Award

Excellence in Historic Preservation


Tony Goldman Award established by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and NTCIC



Preservation Iowa

Preservation at Its Best Award, Large Projects

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