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About the Mansion

Historic Elegance

Built in 1876 by Henry Esperson (who never lived there) the home is of the French Second Empire Style. The French Second Empire style, featuring a characteristic dominant mansard roof, was the rage during the 1870’s. The Second Empire style, developed in France during the 1850’s, provided a way whereby one could continue the classical tradition of balance and control while presenting a picturesque appearance. The Cargill-Pettibone House is one of the two architecturally significant representatives of the French Second Empire style in the City of La Crosse. 

The house was occupied by W.W. Cargill, local grain merchant for six years, from 1878 through 1884. William Wallace Cargill, of the world recognized company got his start at the close of the American Civil War in 1865 with one grain storage warehouse in Conover, Iowa. Cargill followed the expansion of the railroad system throughout the newly settled prairie to gather and process grain. Soon, his two brothers, Sam and James, joined his business venture and established the company's headquarters in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

A. W. Pettibone purchased and moved into the home in 1884. A. W. Pettibone was a prominent local lumberman and donor of the Pettibone Park; he was one of the leading lumber merchants of the era in the industry. A. W. Pettibone resided in the house from 1884 until his death in 1915. Albert W. Pettibone, donor of the Pettibone Park, was one of the leading lumber merchants of the era in the industry. Mr. Pettibone was three times elected mayor of the city, in 1862, 1863 and 1864; he died in 1915, and his funeral was held in the home on August 4, 1915 … he was 88 years old. Mr. Pettibone was married to Mrs. Cordelia (Wilson) Pettibone.

The Cargill-Pettibone is complete with 4 (four) ENSUITE bedrooms, gourmet kitchen, living room with a fireplace, large dining room, den, and a half bath on the main floor. Whether you have two people in your party, or eight...you have the entire Cargill-Pettibone House to yourself; we do not add other groups to the guest house beyond the original booking.  

Guests services include free wireless high speed internet access, cable television, ironing board and iron, and laundry facilities. The Cargill-Pettibone House is fully air conditioned, and zoned for your maximum comfort.

We can't wait for you to visit!

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