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

May 4-Oct 31, 2013. Open daily 9:30am-5pm. Guided tours begin on the hour from 10am-4pm. Group tours by appointment only.


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)


  • 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