Cass and King Street Residential Historic District

Roughly bounded by State, S. 21st, and Madison Sts., and West Ave. S, La Crosse, Wisconsin

A collection of 219 of the finest Prairie Style and Queen Anne in La Crosse


Interpretive Plaque

The City of La Crosse has placed several of these interpretive signs that explain historical locations, historical districts and some specific landmarks.

Photo taken by J.R. Manning August 2018




"Many of the 287 properties located in the proposed Cass and King Street Historic District are La Crosse's best examples of residential architecture. The Cass and King Street Historic District represents La Crosse residential architecture from the late 19th century through the early 1940s. The full range of historic architectural styles is represented including Italianate, Romanesque Revival, Queen Anne, Classical and Georgian Revival, Colonial Revival, Tudor Revival, Spanish-Colonial Revival, and Neo-Gothic Revival. Fine examples of Prairie School architecture are among the most prominent of the early 20th century houses in the district.

"Brick and clapboard are the primary exterior construction materials in the district while stucco and stone is less visible. The roofs are generally are covered by asphalt shingles although several houses continue to display their original tile roofs. While the earliest houses in the district were built in 1883-1884, most of the construction occurred in the early 20th century. Very few modern buildings intrude upon the historic environment of the proposed district. Of the 287 properties, 67 are non-contributing buildings and sites. All of the properties are residential except four are churches, one is a church hall and one is a park.

"Contributing buildings in the Cass and King Street Residential Historic District are more than 50 years old and retain their integrity of design, materials, and workmanship. Noncontributing buildings are either less than 50 years old, or have been significantly altered through the removal or covering of historic architectural features that would allow them to contribute to the architectural character of the neighborhood."

Adapted from the National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form prepared by Joan Rausch and Carol Lohry Cartwright of Architectural Resoures, Inc., July 1996. A link to the document is listed below under "Sources."

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on November 7, 1997
Reference number
Architectural styles
Late 19th and 20th Century Revival: Classical Revival; Victorian: Queen Anne; Victorian: Italianate
Area of significance
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic functions
Religious structure; Secondary structure; Single dwelling
Current functions
Religious structure; Secondary structure; Single dwelling
Periods of significance
1925-1949; 1900-1924; 1875-1899
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 219
Non-contributing buildings: 66
Non-contributing sites: 1


Brick (42,462)
Classical Revival (4,544)
District (10,369)
Italianate (5,090)
La Crosse County, Wisconsin (53)
La Crosse, Wisconsin (34)
Late 19th and 20th Century Revival (16,280)
Private owner (54,396)
Queen Anne (5,100)
Stone (26,161)
Victorian (19,697)
Wisconsin (2,586)

Update Log 

  • August 21, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status, added description and added photos