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Security Building/Stampfer Building

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 8 January 2019 in Architecture and Portfolio.

The Security Building, also known as the Stampfer Building, is a historic structure in Dubuque, Iowa, United States. The cream-colored building is associated with the J. F. Stampfer Co. department store.

Dan A. Sullivan founded a dry goods store with Paul Kees in 1877. When Kees died in 1883, he was replaced with Joseph Frederick Stampfer. The store originally operated in the Town Clock Building. Stampfer formed a partnership with F. W. Altman to raise stock for the construction of a new building in 1895. In 1896, the firm commissioned the southern half of the Security Building. Across the street from the Town Clock Building, the Security Building sat on the central block of town. A grand opening was held on September 22. Household goods were sold on the third floor, millinery and other clothing was on the second floor, and women's attire was on the first floor. The fourth floor was probably used as a warehouse.

Stampfer himself designed the interior of the structure while Fridolin J. Heer & Son were commissioned to design the exterior. The design, with its cream terra cotta exterior, was a departure from other Dubuque brick-and-stone architecture. The original plan was to double the size of the building in 1898. However, for unknown reasons, this did not happen. Sullivan retired in 1901 and the firm became known as the J. F. Stampfer Company. The northern half was added in 1907, designed by Thomas Carkeek. The upper floors of this half of the store were leased out to the Boston One Price Clothing Store and the Harger & Blish booksellers. Stampfer occupied all of the first floor. The store occupied the building through the late 1960s. Thomas M. Stampfer, the son of Joseph, assumed the presidency following Joseph's death in 1937. He changed the name of the building to the Stampfer Building.

The building was recognized by the National Park Service with a listing on the National Register of Historic Places on August 8, 2006.

Photo captured October 15, 2018.

NIKON D7000 1/60 second F/5.6 ISO 400 27 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Stunning architecture

8 Jan 2019 5:14am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quel édifice et vue quel cadrage dans l'angle et rendu sur la façade superbe
Belle journée

8 Jan 2019 5:41am

Devi from Chennai, India

very imposing building !! Thank you for the interesting information :)

8 Jan 2019 5:58am

By Marie from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

What wonderful building. I really like the red bricks mixed with the white facade and the reflections in the windows.

8 Jan 2019 6:02am

jpla from St Barthélémy, France

Il est chouette ce bâtiment

8 Jan 2019 7:11am

Pascale MD from Occitanie, France

Très jolie bâtisse.
Bonne journée Steven

8 Jan 2019 7:22am

claudine/canelle from Lorient, France

Une construction vraiment très belle !
Merci pour les explications

8 Jan 2019 7:28am

Existence Artistique from Angers, France


8 Jan 2019 8:04am

Ralf Kesper from Fröndenberg, Germany

Beautiful American architecture.

8 Jan 2019 8:26am

Joëlle from France

C'est joliment cadré tout ça comme à ton habitude compliments Steven :-)

8 Jan 2019 8:55am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Interesting history there . . and the building itself still makes a strong statement.

8 Jan 2019 9:33am

Libouton Martine from Bousval, Belgium

Un fameux bâtiment

8 Jan 2019 9:44am

Marcel P. from Wallonie picarde, Belgium

Il a belle allure

8 Jan 2019 10:43am

Shaun from Massachusetts, United States

This really is a magnificent building. Excellent capture Steven. 5*.

8 Jan 2019 10:58am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

A beautiful Historic building very well photographed !

8 Jan 2019 11:32am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

an imposing facade, beautifully captured

8 Jan 2019 1:46pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Beautiful architecture and a fine presentation of this historic building. And very interesting information. :)

8 Jan 2019 2:04pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Such a classic handsome façade. Your framing is perfection.

8 Jan 2019 3:03pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

A commanding viewpoint. INteresting history. I also like the light

8 Jan 2019 3:16pm

willy from Belgium

une bien joli édifice Steven

merci pour les informations intéressantes

have a nice day

8 Jan 2019 3:16pm

Remus from Portugal

The facade is totally different from the rest of the building. They were lush on the facade, but in the rest of the building, it's like a simple warehouse.
Nice street capture.

8 Jan 2019 5:08pm

Don from Spokane, United States

This looming building has an interesting history. Nice shot.

8 Jan 2019 5:08pm

Jaya from Trieste, Italy

... superb light !

8 Jan 2019 6:41pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

such beautiful angle, colors & lights!
Amazing building.

8 Jan 2019 6:52pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Interesting architecture and info.

8 Jan 2019 7:34pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A beautiful photo of this building with the splendid facade. It has an interesting history.

8 Jan 2019 7:50pm

London Caller from United Kingdom

Ha ha... This is a good way to reduce construction cost.
Only intricate stonework to the main facade.

8 Jan 2019 8:11pm

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Architecture superbe. Bel angle et cadrage.

8 Jan 2019 8:32pm

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

oh, wow, what a beautiful structure

love, love the color palette

9 Jan 2019 1:25am

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

It is really a beautiful building with an interesting history. I like the ornate design on the front. The architecture is beautiful.

9 Jan 2019 3:08am

Elizabeth Buckalew from Flagstaff, United States

A great, stately building!!

9 Jan 2019 3:40am

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

So you have moved on from Galena! This is a wonderful period building and you have done a fine job of squeezing it into one frame with spot-on perspective. That doesn't look like December/January in Iowa, so I suspect you toured the midwest on your summer vacation.

9 Jan 2019 3:48am

@Harry: Perhaps I should move on to distressed?

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