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LUTHER MANOR. An outgrowth of the Martin Luther Home which was sold in 1968, Luther Manor was opened for occupancy in June 1969. Built at a cost of nearly $1 million, the residence, with a capacity of seventy persons, was built with contributions from HOLY TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH, SAINT PAUL'S LUTHERAN CHURCH, St.. Mark Lutheran Church, SAINT MATTHEW LUTHERAN CHURCH, ST. JOHN'S LUTHERAN CHURCH, and ST. PETER'S EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH. When constructed, the nonprofit manor owned 4.69 acres that provided room for expansion.

In 1984 Luther Manor was expanded to accommodate an additional sixteen residents. The same year Luther Manor Retirement Apartments were constructed on the five-acre campus adding thirty-three units for independent living. (1) The nursing home and apartments were operated in 1988 as a non-profit church organization sponsored by the founding churches and OUR REDEEMER LUTHERAN CHURCH. (1)

In 2023 the non-profit agency which provided care for older adults including independent living, skilled nursing, assisted living and long-term and memory care, failed to pay back $15.7 million in loans and was placed in receivership. Kansas-city attorney Michael Flanagan was appointed the receiver of the Luther Manor Communities at 3131 Hillcrest Road in Dubuque and 5300 Grand Meadow Drive in Asbury.

The 1972 through 2014 Dubuque City Directory listed 3131 Hillcrest.



1. "Dubuque, On the Road Again," Telegraph-Herald Special Section, June 26, 1983, p. 27

2. Kelsey, Elizabeth, "Luther Manor Placed into Receivership," Telegraph Herald, August 29, 2023, p. 1A