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Mathias Ham Historic Site, Dubuque

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The Mathias Ham House is a 19th-century house in Dubuque, Iowa that is on the National Register of Historic Places. It is located at the intersection of Shiras and Lincoln Avenues, near the entrances to Eagle Point Park and Riverview Park.
The house was designed by John F. Rague and built for local businessman and lead miner Mathias Ham in 1856. Ham had owned an island in the Mississippi River at Dubuque, called Ham's Island (which has since renamed City Island and then Chaplain Schmitt Memorial Island, after Father Aloysius Schmitt). The architect, John F. Rague, who had designed the original state capitol buildings at Springfield, Illinois and at Iowa City, Iowa, designed the house in the Italian Villa style.
The Mathias Ham House has been restored and transformed into a museum showcasing life during the Antebellum era; it contains American and European furnishings from that period. The property also features a double log cabin in the dogtrot style, which is considered the oldest building in Iowa. The cabin was built originally at the location of 2nd and Locust Streets in Dubuque, then moved to Eagle Point Park in Dubuque before being moved to the Mathias Ham House Historic Site. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Mathias Ham Historic Site and many more Dubuque attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Dubuque attractions planning website.
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  • Personally, I thought the video introduction was surprisingly professionally done. It was quite informative and well presented. Just enough history to be informative, just enough personal information....  more
    Personally, I thought the video introduction was surprisingly professionally done. It was quite informative and well presented. Just enough history to be informative, just enough personal information....  more »
  • We enjoyed it very much. It is always good to be reminded of what life was like historically in Dubuque. The introductory video was extremely informative and really wet the whistle to explore more.....  more
    We enjoyed it very much. It is always good to be reminded of what life was like historically in Dubuque. The introductory video was extremely informative and really wet the whistle to explore more.....  more »
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  • Closed after Labor Day but cool historic exterior! Would be nice if there were hours online.
  • Nice place to visit if you are interested in historic houses. There are tour guides who will give you a description of how people lived in the late 19th century as well as the furnishings and examples of clothing. The guides are experienced and do good job answering questions.

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