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The Richards House

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

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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.



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  • Guest room4.7
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.8
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining4.9

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The PERFECT Experience

5 on November 05, 2014

This B&B was absolutely incredible!! I have never felt more at home while away from home! I still can't get over how good Michelle's cooking was, and we saw SO MUCH of it for just an overnight visit! I will definitely be staying here again in the near future!

Higher expectations based on the web site.

2.0 on July 22, 2014

We did not expect to be staying in a place under construction. The exterior of the house is scary and our bathroom was still under construction, with unfinished plaster, unfinished fixtures and missing molding. On a scale of 1 to 10, this place is a 2 at best. Oh, and cats everywhere.

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!

Loved our stay

4.8 on January 24, 2012

We stayed at the Richards House the year before and really enjoyed our stay so we decided to come back again this year. We love the old house and the Richards. They are very welcoming. We plan on coming back again!

Christmas Getaway

5 on December 27, 2011

This year I didn't have plans for Christmas, so I decided to go to Iowa to do some scouting for the Ron Paul campaign ahead of the Caucus. When I saw Richard's House on line, I knew it was the place I wanted to stay, plus the Library Suite was available. I almost couldn't breathe when I walked into the house because of all the stained glass. I love historic homes and stained glass. Usually I only get to see such things in museums and did not ever dream I could "live" in such a place for a few days. I stayed for three days over Christmas holiday and loved every minute. The hosts, Dave and Michelle, are most gracious and great conversationalists. My suite featured two fireplaces in two giant rooms with Victorian furnishings and stained glass windows. A great way to start your day is to take a bath in an clawfoot bath tub in front of the fireplace. New fire logs were delivered to my suite each day. There was also sitting cove with two chairs and plenty of light for reading in the suite. Michelle's breakfast every morning was stellar and offered no less than five choices including `the best eggs I've ever tasted, belgian waffles, crepes, cakes, pumpkin roll, hickory smoked bacon, poached fruits, assorted syrups, quiche, orange cake, and coffee. Breakfast is served by the fire at a long dining room table on real china with crystal glassware. Having never stayed in a B&B before, I can attest for all breakfasts, but Michelle's food is some of the best I've had anywhere in America. I understand that the rates vary throughout the year, but my three night stay including hotel tax was under $300. It was an exceptional value, especially considering the home is furnished like the Biltmore Estate. If you like history, old homes, and stained glass, you will think you've died and gone to heaven if you book the Richard's Inn. I am plannning to return with friends and might go there again next Christmas.

Beautiful and spacious accomodotions

5 on October 26, 2011

We had a relaxing stay at this beautiful bed and breakfast. I couldn’t have been more pleased. Beautifully decorated in antiques and stain glass. Breakfast was delicious and plenty of it. Michelle gets a blue ribbon for her cakes. Tried her lemon, blueberry and cinnamon coffee cakes and so delicious. We stayed in the Library Suite and has "turn of LAST century charm". And you can't beat the prices. I would recommend The Richards House highly. Diane & Bill, Nevada

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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

Nightly Rate: $65 - $115

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

Nightly Rate: $55 - $105

Shared bath (Queen)

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

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $45 - $65

Shared bath (Full)

Smaller and simpler room with antique full bed.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Double

Nightly Rate: $40 - $50


Location Type

City, Downtown


Dubuque, IA (DBQ) 3 miles

Directions to property:

Locust Street is the north-south street at the foot of the US 20 bridge into/from Illinois. Go north on Locust Street(turn right off Highway 20 if coming from Illinois) and go through Dubuque's downtown and past the Civic Center. We are in a residential historic district on the corner of 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, Desk, Fireplace, Internet Service, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Videos, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

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: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Outside only
  • Suitable For Children: Yes
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

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



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

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian


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

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