DUBUQUE CASKET COMPANY
DUBUQUE CASKET COMPANY. Founded in 1892 by Frank A. Beiler, Dubuque Casket once ranked 21st in sales volume among 472 similar organizations in the United States. The company was unique in the industry for its custom construction of each order. Over four hundred interior designs were offered.
In 1988 the company was closed, and the building at 1798 Washington Street was sold to Boyes Truck and Auto Parts.
A collaborative agreement with the VISITING NURSE ASSOCIATION was planned to help disabled residents live independently. Amenities included common space, parking, central air, stove, refrigerator and on-site laundry. The rehabilitation of the four-story structure incorporated the housing units within the upper three floors. The ground floor space was to be made available for a community room and to local service organizations/nonprofit organizations/schools/offices serving the north end. Parking consisted of 88 spaces. Total project costs for the restoration of the Dubuque Casket Co. building was estimated at 5.6 million dollars. This project was carried out by Gronen Properties-Gronen Restoration.