Thu. Oct 14th, 2021

The city’s Heritage Preservation Commission (HPC) not too long ago unveiled a listing of structures identified as La Crosse’s Most Endangered Historic Destinations in 2021.

This new, once-a-year initiative intends to raise consciousness and persuade the preservation of structures possibly at risk of irreparable harm or demolition due to neglect, pure disaster, or redevelopment.

The first setting up on this year’s list of 10 is the Rublee-Washburn home at 612 Ferry St.

As a person of the earliest structures in La Crosse, this Tuscan-villa-inspired household is sure to have an appealing heritage. Francis M. Rublee, a person of the city’s earliest settlers, commissioned its building among 1856 and 1858. He arrived in La Crosse not very long soon after Wisconsin obtained statehood, when only an estimated 5 households lived right here.

Rublee worked as a land developer, the county treasurer, and was also the co-founder of the 1st sawmill in city. His experienced successes permitted him to develop what is possible the first construction intended by an architect in the city. Rublee finished up shedding a great deal of his prosperity in the Worry of 1857, triggering him to move west to search for new economic opportunities further out on the frontier.

As a final result, only a couple small decades after its design, Cadwallader C. Washburn became the home’s 2nd owner, paying for it when he moved to La Crosse about 1861. Numerous look at Washburn the city’s most significant 19th-century citizen. He is specifically renowned for serving as a Union Major-Basic through the Civil War, retiring from the army in 1865 as Wisconsin’s best-rated officer. Ulysses S. Grant once boasted that Washburn is “one of the best administrative officers we have,” and Nathan Bedford Forrest even tried using to kidnap him in the course of an 1864 raid on Memphis.