Williams Sanatorium

Gothic-Revival Architecture: St. Croix County’s Rare Gems

A steeply pitched roof, arched windows, and decorated bargeboards mark the telltale signs of Gothic Revival architecture. This unique form of architecture was never as popular as the Italianate or Greek Revival styles in St. Croix County, but we do hold some of the most beautiful examples. Gothic architecture is most

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8th History Grade Tour

Historical Society Seeks Volunteers for 8th Grade History Tour

St. Croix County Historical Society seeks volunteers for the Annual 8th Grade Hudson History Tour on Friday, April 28. The history tour includes a walking tour for students in the morning, followed by history booths and activity at Lakefront Park in the afternoon. The annual history tour is a great

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Bank of Hudson

Bank of Hudson Window

Alfred Goss, a prominent banker and businessman, came to Hudson in the late 1850s. He was an officer of the First National Bank which was organized 1863. In 1870 the Hudson Savings Bank was organized with Alfred Goss as its president. Mr. Goss also invested in the construction of downtown

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St. Croix County Insane Asylum, New Richmond WI

St. Croix County Insane Asylum

In the late 1800s and early 1900s a now illegal practice was once quite common – requiring capable institutionalized patients to work on asylum grounds. St. Croix County was not foreign to this idea; the St. Croix County Asylum operated a 667 acre farm that was run by its patients.

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Orson Fowler's book "The Octagon House: A Home for All"

Fowler, Phrenology, and Architecture

Orson Squire Fowler: A man renowned in the Victorian era for his wide range of expertise including studies in phrenology, architecture, and even more surprising for the era, sex manuals. Fowler’s ideas fit perfectly with the Victorian era’s culture of reform and individual betterment. Buried in an unmarked grave in

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