Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Ryan House is one of Dubuque`s premiere historic homes. This elegant Italian Villa-style house was built In 1873 by William Andrew and later finished by John Thompson, mayor of Dubuque and leather merchant during the Civil War. In 1885, William Ryan . inside the Ryan House you can enjoy original bronze Victorian chandeliers, velvet draperies, and hidden shutters that capture the beauty and memories of days gone by. This grand Victorian home features a solid walnut staircase, four grand marble fireplaces, and the likeness of President Grant, who was a frequent visitor, on the front gate posts.