Eagle Point Park Pavilions
2601 Shiras Avenue
Dubuque, Iowa 52001

Open during daylight hours

Alfred Caldwell, 1936

Located on a bluff with a commanding view of the Mississippi River, Eagle Point Park represents one of the most perfect realizations of “organic” Prairie School planning. Designed by Alfred Caldwell, a protégé of Chicago landscape architect Jens Jensen, the park was constructed during the Depression by the WPA.

Caldwell’s master plan at Eagle Point Park included shelters and pavilions as well as naturalistic “rooms”: gardens, pools and council rings so arranged as to appear growing out of the living rock.

Additions have been made subsequent to Caldwell’s work, such as Rossiter and Ham’s 1957 bandshell.

All photos on this page courtesy of garyjames51. Thank you!

Caldwell’s Ward F. Donovan House of 1941 is located at 1721 Plymouth Court in Dubuque.

• Domer, Dennis: Alfred Caldwell: The Life and Work of a Prairie School Landscape Architect. Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997, p. 14-19.
• Gebhard, David, and Mansheim, Gerald: Buildings of Iowa. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1993, p. 89-90.
• Wilson, Richard Guy, and Robinson, Sidney K. The Prairie School in Iowa. Ames, Iowa: The Iowa State University Press, 1977, p. 64-65.





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