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 29-May 19, 2015: tours Wed-Sun at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. May 20-Nov 2, 2015: Open daily 10am-4pm. Guided tours begin on the hour. 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
- State Historic Site
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- Wisconsin History
- Historic Homes
State Historic Sign Site
Articles: Villa Louis
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