The Richards House

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


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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3.2 on September 29, 2017

What a potentially lovely B&B. Some ideas that would make it better...finish the outside to include landscaping (pretty flowers go a long way.) The inside needs some love, clean or new curtains, new upholstery on some chairs, refinish the floors and woodwork, wash the windows and get storms/screens for ventilation and soundproofing, and update air conditioning (not in the window). The hostess is a great baker and a lovely person. Great potential with some sprucing up.

Personal Retreat Vacation

4.6 on January 18, 2016

My husband recently passed away and I had been dealing with estate issues and finances for three solid months. Plus all the emotional aspects of the loss and learning to cover all the responsibilities and make all the other everyday decisions life was throwing my way. I was exhausted and needed to 'get out of Dodge' for a period of relaxation and meditation. I had two dogs who were also adapting to the new way of life and I was reluctant to kennel them so soon after my husbands death. Michelle and Dave were so helpful and understanding. This was the first time traveling with the dogs by myself and they helped me get the kennels from the car into the room in very cold weather. They are such gracious, friendly hosts. Michelle is a wonderful cook. At breakfast you are surrounded by food! Her poached pears are awesome as are her baked apples and pears! I arrived home after my trip renewed and ready to continue adjusting to the new normal in my life. Thanks you two!

Our Dubuque Iowa trip..

4.6 on May 29, 2015

Had a good time, some construction going on, I did not know what to think when I parked in front, but inside it was wonderful.

Beautiful house, great value.

5 on April 30, 2015

The Richards House is a pleasant walk from downtown Dubuque, and after exploring it was the perfect place to come home to. The interior is simply gorgeous! The cats are friendly, and Michelle is an accommodating hostess and amazing cook--she served our group one of the most delicious breakfasts ever. I definitely recommend this B&B for weekend getaways, anniversaries, girls' nights, or any other special occasion.

Perfect Weekend Getaway

4.8 on April 23, 2015

The outside of this place is currently under construction, but the inside is glorious. It has a ton of charm. The proprietor was super helpful and very accomodating for our large party. The breakfast in the morning was delicious. There are cats everywhere in this house, so if you don't care for these creatures or have allergies, this might not be the place for you. However, for us, it added to the place's delightful personality

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!

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!

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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

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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

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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

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