Our Building

THEN. 1892. Our building was the home of Key City Livery Stable. Horses from the Fire Engine House 1, across the street, were housed here. Also, the well-known race horse, "Nutwood," resided here.

NOW. 2022. Both the exterior and interior of the building have been beautifully and extensively renovated to house the Key City Creative Center and its twenty-five (25) private studio spaces.

Take an inside look at Key City Creative Center, located in Dubuque, IA. Key City’s mission is to provide an environment where an individual (or group of individuals) has a safe and spacious place to build and collaborate on projects and/or ideas.

Video by: Twisted Willow Photography / Shannan Conklin




A creative idea begins to germinate

Tim Hitzler sees a need in the community for collaborative workspace.


The building

After three years of planning, Hitzler purchases the building at 1781 White Street: Key City Creative Center's current location. Formerly Key City Livery Stable, its horses were housed and used by the adjacent Fire House #1.


Private studio spaces

To make Key City Creative Center financially sustainable, Tim created twenty-five (25) private studio spaces for members to rent. [He wanted to ensure Key City Creative Center could survive and flourish financially without donations or government subsidies.]

2018 to the Present 

Its evolution

Key City Creative Center has evolved and continues to grow, thanks to the help of various Center members as well as community partners and organizations.

2022 & Beyond 

The future is bright!

There's much more creative goodness to come.