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The Richards House

1492 Locust St , Dubuque, IA 52001-4714 USA (Show map)
44 Reviews
$40 - $115
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Surround yourself with elegance and craftsmanship at their best in this High Victorian home. Constructed in 1883 by manufacturer and financier B.B. Richards, this 4-story Stick style mansion with Eastlake effects is one of the finest and most original Victorian homes in Dubuque. The Richards House features a dazzling display of nearly 90 stained glass windows, eight ornate fireplaces, seven varieties of varnished woodwork, 15 patterns of embossed wall-coverings, original chandeliers, hand-painted and embossed tile, elaborate built-ins and more. Our large rooms are furnished with period antiques. Most have concealed TV's DVD players, working fireplaces and private baths featuring original fixtures. Queen sized beds are standard. Rates include a full breakfast for two served in the formal Dining room. Beverages and snacks are always available. Note: Exterior restoration is in progress. Please don't let it deter you from seeing the fabulous interior.

Rooms & Rates

Library Suite

Private and quiet first floor suite with 12 stained glass windows, 12 foot high ceilings, varnished cherry woodwork, 2 working fireplaces, sitting area, antique half-canopied queen bed, 5 and a half foot clawfoot tub in front of a working fireplace (we furnish bubble bath), antique lights and furnighings.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Rooms with private baths

Period furnished room with antique half-canopied queen bed, stained glass windows, antique lighting, varnished woodwork, sitting area, fireplace, and private bath with period fixtures. Phone, TV, DVD, VCR and tapes/disks.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Shared bath (Queen)

Simpler rooms with antique queen bed. TV, DVD, VCR and tapes/DVDs.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Beds 1 Queen

Shared bath (Full)

Smaller and simpler room with antique full bed.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Double

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  • Guest room4.7
  • Services4.8
  • Value4.9
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Dining4.9

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A Lovely Visit

5 on December 29, 2013

We stayed the night of the 27th. What a lovely place! The history of the house is fascinating, the furnishings are beautiful, and the light in the house is amazing because of all the stained glass.

History, Hospitality, Handcraftsmanship

4.6 on September 06, 2013

I have stayed in over 30 B&B's in my travels throughout the states & over the last 12 years. this is THE BEST Place BY FAR to eat, rest, play, read, chat & meet people if you like. I am going back again & can't wait to tell Dave & Michelle my experiences & perspectives. Word of mouth & richness in experiences are the only way to pay it forward. I look forward to seeing their growth & stick-to-it-tiveness they have!

Great experience

5 on January 15, 2013

We stayed there on December 26 and 27. The inn-keeps were very accommodating . The breakfast was very unique and delicious. The homeowners are very hard workers, passion and took pride then everything they did. I would highly recommend this bed and breakfast to all of my friends and family. I can't wait to go back!!!!

Great Old Museum

5 on August 14, 2012

While the outside could scare you off, don't be fooled. This B&B is a real treasure. Many gorgeous antiques, fabulous breakfast & interesting hosts!

Historic Glory

5 on July 27, 2012

The finest historic interiors I've ever experienced. National Register in all it's glory. Wonderful lamps and stained glass. Superb breakfast -- Iowa home cooking at its best!

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Location Type

City, Downtown


Dubuque, IA (DBQ) 3 miles

Directions to property:

Go north on US 61. Take the Downtown/Locust Street exit. (First exit after the Grandview Street exit.) Go through downtown, past the Civic Center, to 15th and Locust Streets.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Univerisity of Dubuque, Loras College, Clarke College, Greyhound Park & Casino, Fenlen Place Elevator, National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ski area, Vineyard, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast, Urban Inn, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

BBQ grill, Board games, CD player, Computer, Conference Rooms, Fax Machine, Library, Piano, Telephone, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities , Working fireplaces in rooms

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, DVD Player, In-room internet, Desk, Fireplace, Internet Service, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Videos, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Hunting, Mountain Bike trails, Horse-drawn carriage tour, Eagle watching, Outdoor concerts, Mississippi River walk, River rides, Trolley rides/tour, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Ski rentals, Swimming, Swimming pool, Tennis courts, Video Arcade, Water sports

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  • Check In:: Flexible
  • Check Out:: 11:00 am
  • Open All Year Round: No
  • Smoking Allowed: Limited
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Deposit Amount Required: Credit/Debit card guarantee required.
  • Cancellations: 72 hour notification



Michelle Stuart

Languages spoken


Resident Pets

1 Cat

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  • Time Served: Guests select time
  • Serving Location: Dining Room, Guest room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian

Details Diamond Collection

1492 Locust St , Dubuque, IA 52001-4714 USA (Show map)

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