Since 2016, the Steeple Square campus has been transforming into downtown Dubuque’s center for social life and community support. Its unique historic fabric and features will connect to the past while inspiring the future.
In 2000, Maria House, a shelter for homeless women and their children, opened in the former St. Mary’s Convent. Maria House is one of the doorways of local nonprofit, Opening Doors. Opening Doors website >
The former school has already been converted into affordable apartments. More than half serve as permanent supportive housing for Opening Doors graduates while the remainder are available to the public.
MARITA THEISEN CHILDCARE CENTER
Opened in August of 2019, the former rectory has been transformed into a world-class childcare center that is critically needed for downtown Dubuque families. Learn more >
Campus greenspace will be expanded offering a beautiful outdoor space with unique amenities and a playscape for the community to enjoy.
COMMUNITY EVENT CENTER (FIRST FLOOR)
The first floor of the former church is now a multi-purpose space for events, community building, and arts/culture that can be rented by the public. Learn more >
PROGRAMMING / EDUCATION (GROUND FLOOR)
The ground floor of the former church will house hands-on education and certificate programs to support career pathways. Some of these will include restoration, carpentry, and culinary arts.