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Water St., St. Feriole Island

National or State Register of Historic Places
Water St., St. Feriole Island | National or State Registers Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
Historic Name:Brisbois, Michael, House
Reference Number:66000801
Location (Address):Water St., St. Feriole Island
City/Village:Prairie du Chien
324 Water Street, St. Feriole Island, Praire du Chien, Crawford County
Architect: Unknown
Date of Construction: circa 1837

Joseph Rolette built this house around 1837, as a separation settlement agreement for his wife Jane Fisher. Michel and Dometille Brisbois raised Jane Fisher until she married Joseph Rolette in 1818, but by the 1830s Jane and Joseph's marriage had failed, resulting in the decision to live separately. Jane and B.W. Brisbois, her cousin and trustee for the separation, lived in this house until Jane's second marriage to fur trade baron, Hercules L. Dousman in 1844.

The Brisbois house is constructed of locally quarried limestone and situated on St. Feriole Island, overlooking the Mississippi River. The house is a rare pre-statehood example of the Federal Style, then considered to be the height of fashionable taste. Two and a half story, rectangular shaped homes were typical of Federal Style houses, which usually featured central halls and dominant staircases. Some unique aspects of this house include the white pine interior woodwork and the lime mortar and plaster made of lime extracted from burned clamshells harvested from the Mississippi River.

The Wisconsin Historical Society acquired the house around 1955; it is now part of the Villa Louis historic site. Visit the Villa Louis website for more information.

Period of Significance:1825-1849
Area of Significance:Architecture
Area of Significance:Exploration/Settlement
Applicable Criteria:Architecture/Engineering
Applicable Criteria:Event
Historic Use:Domestic: Single Dwelling
Architectural Style:Federal
Resource Type:Building
Historic Status:Listed in the National Register
Historic Status:Listed in the State Register
Historic Status:National Historic Landmark Status Granted
National Historic Landmark Listing Date:Sun Oct 09 00:00:00 UTC 1960
National Register Listing Date:10/15/1966
State Register Listing Date:01/01/1989
Number of Contributing Buildings:1
Number of Contributing Sites:0
Number of Contributing Structures:0
Number of Contributing Objects:0
Number of Non-Contributing Sites:0
Number of Non-Contributing Structures:0
Number of Non-Contributing Objects:0
National Register and State Register of Historic Places, Division of Historic Preservation, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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