Villa Louis, Wisconsin

Villa Louis is considered to be one of the most authentic, restored Victorian-era mansions in the country. It was built in 1870 by the prominent Dousman family, descendants of a pioneering fur trader with John Jacob Astor’s American Fur Company. DSC04512The Italianate-style mansion sits atop a mound in Prairie du Chien overlooking the Mississippi River. The site itself is steeped in history. It is the location of a Hopewellian mound, and at various times the French, British and Americans maintained a military presence here. Villa Louis has been meticulously restored to its Victorian décor and splendor. Many of the Dousman family’s original furnishings and artwork remain in the house. Visitors can browse through this house and marvel at the richly upholstered, ornate furniture, and countless statuettes, mirrors, chandeliers, candles and other opulent items that fill the spaces with Victorian excess. The site is owned and operated by the State Historical Society of Wisconsin.

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