Steeple Square’s mission is to serve as a collaborative, multi-tenant, inclusive center, providing an attractive hub for social life and community support while preserving its historic fabric and features. The repurposed campus will be an agent for positive change and a catalyst for restoring lives, citizen engagement, neighborhood empowerment and community vibrancy.



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.

Board Members

President: Jack McCullough, President, McCullough Creative
Vice President: John Schmidt, CFO, A.Y, McDonald Mfg. Co.
Secretary: Dick Gregory, President, FloorShow Companies
Treasurer: Judy Wolf, Retired – John Deere Dubuque Works
Anthony Allen, Chair, City of Dubuque Human Rights Commission & President, NAACP Dubuque Chapter
Doug Binsfeld, Associate Vice President of Learning and Student Success, Northeast Iowa Community College
Michelle Brown, Retired, Executive Director, Opening Doors
Theresa Caldwell, Manager, Dubuque Food Pantry
Tim Conlon, President, Conlon Construction Co
Sharon Covey, CEO, Dubuque YMCA/YWCA
Dave Cushman, Executive Vice-President, Morrison Brothers Co.
John Dunkel, Principal, Imagine It
Steve Fisher, Publisher, TH Media
Terry Friedman, President, The Friedman Group, Inc.
Nicole Gantz, Partner/Chief Marketing Officer, Honkamp Krueger & Co. P.C.
Sr. Mary Ellen Green, OP, Board President, Opening Doors
John Gronen, President, Gronen Development
Duane Hagerty, CEO, Heritage Works
Joe Hearn, President & CEO, Dupaco Credit Union
Sr. Helen Huewe, OSF  – Retired, Dubuque Franciscan
Nancy Kann, Managing Broker, Dubuque Property Group and Gronen Properties
Fr. Gene Kutsch, Retired Priest of Archdiocese of Dubuque
Don Pfohl, Corporate Director, St. Mary’s Corporation
Rick Runde, CFO, Archdiocese of Dubuque
Anderson Sainci, Resource Management Coordinator and Supervisor, City of Dubuque
Bret Tuley, Sr. Vice President of Operations and Finance, Dubuque Bank & Trust Co.
Heather Vetter, Partner, Honkamp Krueger & Co. P.C.

Former St. Mary's Church - Steeple Square - Dubuque, Iowa
Former St. Mary's Church - Steeple Square - Dubuque, Iowa


The buildings of the former St. Mary’s Parish Complex, now Steeple Square, in Dubuque, Iowa display the proud history of a Roman Catholic parish whose history spans over 160 years. The St. Mary’s Parish closed its doors in June of 2010, and (with the exception of the former convent) the buildings have been largely vacant since.

Built as St. Mary’s Catholic Church between 1864 and 1867, the building quickly became a monument for the economic, social and educational achievements of its German immigrant parishioners. Today, this soaring landmark of the Dubuque skyline is poised to be reestablished as a center for culture, community and education.