Villa Louis

An 1870 Victorian mansion built by the family of Hercules Dousman, an entrepreneurial frontiersman who parlayed various investments into a fortune. His son Louis and wife Nina Dousman built the Villa Louis as the centerpiece of their sprawling country estate. Today the home is restored to its British Arts-and-Crafts-style elegance during its heyday in the 1890s.

Hours of Operation

Villa Louis is open May 13-31 from 10am-3pm Monday-Thursday and from 10am-4pm Friday-Sunday, daily June 1-September 10 from 10am-4pm, and September 11-November 12 from 10am-3pm Monday-Thursday and from 10am-4pm Friday-Sunday.


Villa Louis is located in Prairie du Chien, 62 miles south of La Crosse on US-35.


  • On Water
  • Disabled Access

State Historic Sign Site

  • Yes

History/Heritage Type

  • Re-enactments
  • State Historic Site
  • Military Heritage
  • Wisconsin History
  • Historic Homes

Museum/Gallery Type

  • Historical