|Front Entrance to Villa Louis|
Mom, Tom, Sylvia, and I decided to take a trip to southern Wisconsin to tour House on the Rock (Spring Green), and Villa Louis and environs (Prairie du Chien). Because it was a pretty big trip, I need to split it into a several blogs.
After visiting Laurium Manor with Jeff in Michigan, this was the second great house that I visited in just a couple of weeks and really sparked my interest in getting out there and seeing more. I had visited in back in the 60s on a weekend trip with the family but had not been back since. We were really lucky because we were there midweek so it wasn't crowded and we were told that the entire place had recently been completely renovated.
Unfortunately, no photography is allowed inside the house but I was able to find some good photos on the internet to go along with the ones I had taken outside.
|Mr. Dousman's office building|
In the kitchen there were actual utensils used for cooking and some old recipes that they're still using. At the back of the kitchen is the rear door where non-invited guests (servants, delivery people, etc) would come. From this back door, you would have access to some of the outbuildings used by the servants: the Preserve House, the Laundry Building, and the Ice House. The family employed a laundress to wash, dry, starch, and iron the mountain of clothing for the family. In the Ice House, blocks of ice were cut and taken from the Mississippi River and rolled in sawdust so they wouldn't melt. Then, food could be stored through the entire summer. The back of the house faced the Mississippi River and there was a landing for boats as well as a depot for the trains that ran on tracks between the Dousman grounds and the river.
|Villa Louis from the rear|