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

April 23-May 18, 2014: Open for tours Wed-Sun at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. May 19-Nov 2, 2014: Open daily 10am-4pm. Guided tours begin on the hour. Group tours by appointment only.

Directions

Located on St. Feriole Island on the Mississippi River (from Madison, take Highway 18 west to Prairie du Chien; from La Crosse take Highway 35 south)

Features

  • On Water
  • Disabled Access

History/Heritage Type

  • State Historic Site
  • Military Heritage
  • Wisconsin History
  • Historic Homes

Museum/Gallery Type

  • Historical

State Historic Sign Site

  • Yes