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CARKEEK, Thomas. (Reduth, County Cornwall, England, Mar. 29, 1843-Clearwater, FL, May 19, 1927). Carkeek followed his father's trade and became a stonemason and also learned carpentry before moving to Wisconsin. (1) In 1882 he moved to Dubuque from Manchester where he had designed several buildings and found employment as an architect with CARR, RYDER AND WHEELER. Carkeek remained with the company until December, 1890 when he opened his own business in the Lincoln Building. (2)

Between 1891 and 1911, Carkeek is said to have been involved in the design of over two hundred buildings in Dubuque including the BELL BROTHERS COMPANY, REDSTONE (THE), and the ODD FELLOWS TEMPLE at 9th and Locust streets. (3) He was also the architect of the YOUNG MEN'S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION (Y.M.C.A.) (4) Others include:

Fred Bell's residence (968 W. 3rd). Photo courtesy: Bob Reding
Elberon Flats (11th and Iowa). Photo courtesy: Bob Reding
Arno Flats (11th and Iowa). Photo courtesy: Bob Reding


The 1900 Dubuque City Directory listed the Lincoln Block. (5)

The 1909 Dubuque City Directory listed the company at 121 8th. (6)

The 1913 Dubuque and Dubuque County Directory stated that this business was located at 815 Main.

The 1921 Dubuque City Directory listed 17 Lincoln Building. (7)




1. Sommer, Lawrence J. The Heritage of Dubuque; An Architectural View, Tel Graphics, East Dubuque, Iowa 1975 p. 160

2. "Municipal Molecules," Dubuque Daily Herald, December 28, 1890, p. 4

3. Somer.

4. The Art Institute of Chicago Archival Image Collection--http://digital-libraries.saic.edu/cdm/search/collection/mqc/searchterm/Carkeek,%20Thomas%20T./mode/exact

5. Somer, p. 159

6. Ibid.

7. Ibid.

"Thomas T. Carkeek." Linwood Legacies. Online: http://www.linwoodlegacies.org/thomas-t-carkeek.html

Goodspeed, Weston Arthur, History of Dubuque County, Iowa. Chicago: Goodspeed Historical Association, 1911, p. 708

Jacobson, James E. "Key Dubuque Architects, Builders and Property Developers," The Architectural And Historical Resources of Dubuque, Iowa, 1837-1955, June 24, 2003, p. 155