architecture, Prairie School, small town life

Prairie School: 508 South Beaumont, Prairie du Chien, WI


Prairie School: 508 S. Beaumont, Prairie du Chien, WI | This American House

It probably shouldn’t come as a surprise to learn that driving around looking at houses is one of our favorite pastimes. Among the older homes on any given block, you’re sure to see variations on a few styles. Tudors and Victorians and Colonials are some of the most common designs we’ll encounter on our sightseeing jaunts. So when we come across a Prairie style house – especially one in great condition – it always gets our notice.

A detour on our way to Piggly Wiggly led us to this beautiful Prairie style house in, of all places, Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. “Stop the car!” The Mister implored as I raced toward the Pig for nourishment. I pulled a u-turn in the middle of the street and doubled back to 508 South Beaumont, the site of this beautiful Prairie Style house. We snapped a few photos and then spent the rest of the afternoon wondering whether it could be one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s homes … or at least the design of one of his students.

508 S. Beaumont, Prairie du Chien, WI | This American House

When we got back home later that day I Googled around and found an old listing for the house. Here’s what I was able to learn:

  • The house dates to 1914. (That’s three years older than our house.)
  • The listing refers to the house as “Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired.”
  • At the time of the listing, the house still featured a number of built-ins, including a kitchen buffet and hutch.
  • The original hardwood floors are intact but the rest of the wood trim has all been painted.
  • The house is palatial with 2,976 square feet that contains four bedrooms and three and a half baths.

According to, the house was last listed for $199,500 in December 2013 and then delisted later that same month. The property history on also shows that the house has been listed and delisted multiple times over the past few years.

It’s always amazing to us to see how these big old houses are priced in small towns. Even in this difficult housing market if you could pick this house up and move it to Chicago, it would list for close to a million dollars. If not more. To see that the house has been listed for a fraction of that price is a testament to the shortage of high paying jobs in small town America. After all, we had to drive five hours out of Chicago before we could find a big old house we could afford! But of course we can only afford it because we have jobs back in the city.

But don’t let me get on a diatribe about the economy and the dearth of good jobs! This post is all about this gorgeous Prairie Style house and how we’re happy to have discovered it.

To see photos of the inside of the house, check out this old listing on Zillow.

Images: This American House

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  • Reply Catherine 11/06/2014 at 8:34 pm

    We love that you love our house!

    • Reply Jason 11/10/2014 at 11:21 am

      We’re so happy that you saw this post about your house! Do you happen to know any of the history of it?

  • Reply Catherine 12/07/2014 at 10:41 am

    We actually have the original blueprints for the home. It’s believed that a student of Frank Lloyd Wright’s drew up the plans for our home and a few others in the driftless area. For the most part, the original floor plan has stayed true to form, with a few remodels, mainly to the second floor. The kitchen has been redone several times, however. It remains in good condition and we’re happy to call this beautiful house our home!

  • Reply Dakota Smith 07/09/2019 at 9:17 pm

    I’m so glad I found this story about your adventure in Prairie du Chien and how you randomly found this house! My fiance and I are the new owners of the house and have been looking for anything we can find on its history. This is a great snapshot of what the house looked like 5 years ago and we hope to return it to it’s former glory (just needs some tlc).

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