The Mons Anderson Mansion

One of La Crosse's Most Historic Landmarks

   The Mons Anderson Mansion House

The Mons Anderson Mansion House resides at 410 Cass Street, near the Cass Street bridge.  The house was built in 1854 and sports a variety of fantastic architectural styles that make it a unique and exquisite historical landmark for the city of La Crosse, Wisconsin.




The house includes:

  •  The Garden: Within the walled private rear yard surrounding the garden pond and fountain are the large screened porch, rear entry loggia with upper balcony and connected four-car Carriage House with living quarters above.
  • The Library: The magnificently proportioned and appointed Library typified the entire home.  Featuring an onyx and marble mantel, original gas sconces, and an incredible collection of figural and decorative antique Minton Tiles on the Chimney breastplate.
  • The Parlor: Gleaming parquet floors, mixed wood wainscoting, exquisite wall coverings, massive moldings, sumptuous fabrics all contribute to the elegance of this view of the main parlor.
  • The Kitchen: Blending the finest architectural features of Victorian America with the finest cabinetry and appliances of contemporary America, the kitchen stands as the ultimate marriage of these eras.

            Who Was Mons Anderson?

Mons Anderson was a Norwegian who came to La Crosse in 1851, having lived first in Milwaukee and attending school there. Anderson began his career in La Crosse as a clerk in S.T. Smith's store; by 1852 he had bought Smith out, and by 1856, he had opened a store of his own.  Between 1861 and 1870, he constructed the recently-demolished Mons Anderson building, a Second-Empire structure, which was the largest "trade palace" in La Crosse and one of the largest in the northern Midwest.  From 1885 on, Anderson dealt only in wholesale dry goods with firms up and down the Mississippi.  His trade was extensive and on a large scale for its locale; he was important to the development of La Crosse's economy.  To read more about Mons Anderson, the house, and its history, please go to the "house history" or "house ownership" tabs, or click here or here.



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