historic preservation

deciding to preserve is the first step

Almost any project that involves an existing structure can benefit from the services provided by preservation architects. This is not to suggest that every structure is historic, but the members of our team are trained in the methods and techniques necessary to properly evaluate and document existing conditions and to identify important architectural features that should be acknowledged in the final design.
Preserve and Protect

historic preservation unlocks the past and brings it to the present

As with any project, adequate preparation is the key to success. The bulk of preservation work takes place in the field prior to, or in conjunction with, the design phase of the project in the form of filed surveys, photo documentation, historical research, and investigative analysis.

Our team of historic preservation experts, FEH Design can provide a variety of design, architectural, and investigative services for projects that involve existing and historic structures and sites. Our team members have extensive experience in architectural investigation and documentation, historical research, analysis and identification of historic materials and finishes, planning, surveying,  and the development of compatible designs.

preserving, together.

Our team will work with you to restore your facility and bring it back to life. 



Preservation Iowa Award Winner

Tauban Block Building

Historic rehabilitation of the Graham’s Department Store in Maquoketa Iowa.

This property was nearly demolished after years of vacancy, a failing back wall, and a leaking roof which all allowed for spiraling destruction of the building’s structure and interiors. FEH Design’s Andrew & Emily McCready owners of 563 Design, and their spin-off development company, 563 Properties, designed and developed this property through a full rehabilitation.

The first floor is retail space, with 2 apartments above.

The Driftless

The Driftless – A Multi-Layered Event Venue, located in the former Avery Railing building in Dubuque’s Millwork District, is a stunning event venue, bar and restaurant, and airbnb.

Created for intimate gatherings and accommodating groups of up to 300; the space, surroundings, and amenities are exquisitely crafted to make every experience bespoke, by-design. Have the wedding of your dreams, a beautiful gala, bridal shower, holiday party, corporate meeting, or premier multimedia event.

FEH Design’s Andrew and Emily McCready’s owners of 563 Design (architecture) partnered with Living on Main (interiors) for this gorgeous renovation project.

Preservation Iowa Award Winner

Historic Bradly House

A late Victorian/Italianate architecture with Greek Revival exterior details has experienced an interior and exterior restoration led by FEH Design team members Andrew and Emily McCready owners of 563 Design.

Originally designed by renowned architect Fredolin Herr, the home was built in 1872 by influential Dubuque resident, William L. Bradley. Bradley and his family enjoyed the property for several decades during a time of great development of the city of Dubuque in the late 1800’s. Bradley and his children were involved in many significant land sales and businesses of that time and found great success in the blossoming city.

The Historic Bradley House went on to move in and out of single-family ownership, then became a boarding house, an antique shop, and back to single-family ownership. In 2014, the McCready family, owners of 563 Design, purchased the property and have been immersed in its restoration since then.

The restoration has included all new building systems and infrastructure (hvac, electrical, and plumbing), extensive masonry repair and structural re-stabilizing, complete front porch restoration, and extensive interior remodel including historic window restoration.

 This project has used Secretary of Interior Standards throughout the restoration in order to properly preserve and maintain the beauty and architecture of the home for generations to come.

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