Hamm House Grant Project

The Mathias Ham House is a beloved icon of Dubuque's residents. The historic site is the location of annual family events, such as Christmas on the Frontier and the 46th annual 4th of July Ice Cream Social.

The signature cupola of the 1856 mansion suffered from water damage due to roof leaks and no storm windows. The City of Dubuque replaced the roof in the spring of 2010, and installed storm windows to correct the situation.

The Dubuque Old House Enthusiasts provided $2,000 in funding to restore the cupola and its decorative plaster. The Dubuque Racing Association also provided support for the project. The plaster restoration was performed by Haverland Plastering. Later, it was painted in the fall of 2010.

The Dubuque Old House Enthusiasts also provided $1,000 towards the purchase of new dresses for living history interpreters. The staff were thrilled to receive this gift to replace worn period dresses. The new costumes have a high level of detail, complementing the Victorian Italianate mansion.

The non-profit organization also made many Dubuque children happy through the $450 support of carriage rides, for the annual Ham House Christmas on the Frontier in 2009. The carriage is also how Santa arrives at the Ham House, to hear their hopes and dreams for Christmas morning.

The Dubuque County Historical Society would like to thank the Dubuque Old House Enthusiasts for their support of the Mathias Ham House. Your support assures that the Ham House will continue to be a valuable historical resource for our community, for many years to come.