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.
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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.