Historic Carter House-Rivertown Romance-Licensed!

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10 guests, 3 bedrooms, 3 beds, 1.5 baths
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The A.C. Carter House is a unique and charming testament to the entrepreneurial spirit of the once wild river city of La Crosse. The personal residence of Civil War veteran, merchant, and patent medicine man Amos Claude Carter and family; it is a delightful study in the detail of whimsy that once was a part of everyday design in Victorian America.

For the full history, architectural details and additional photos you may wish to send an inquiry for the historic web site.

The space
A truly unique and authentic Victorian gingerbread house! The ornate structure was restored and nominated to the National Registry of Historic Places in 1986 and photographed for the book Daughters of the Painted Ladies- America's Resplendent Victorians (one of only two homes in La Crosse chosen for that honor). It is listed on the La Crosse historical walking tour. Decorated in delightful Victorian imported wall coverings and friezes chosen to closely match the original designs and colors discovered during the restoration. The interior is furnished with a eclectic fun mix of comfortable and antique furnishings from Empire, to Victorian, to Art Deco, to Atomic Age and featuring rare massive antique 1 st Empire and Victorian bedroom suites by Anthony Quervelle of Philadelphia and Charles Lee of New Orleans.

A House Adorned-The History

The A.C. Carter House, Circa 1888 is significant for it’s historic connection with the economic and social development of North La Crosse, Wisconsin. It serves history as a prime example of entrepreneurial spirit , alive in La Crosse, an important Mississippi River port of the 19th century. This home is a rare, and excellent example of fine craftsmanship and detail, in the late Gothic Revival style of the Queen Anne Victorian Period of American architecture. Highly ornate, it was one of the most adorned suburban residences of the new North side subdivision at it’s time of construction. It directly reflects still, the tastes and character of it’s original occupant, and builder, Amos Claude Carter.

Carter, a Civil War veteran, shot in Richmond, imprisoned in the horrific “Bull Pen” POW camp and present at Gen. Lee's surrender at Appomattox during his service, came to La Crosse in the 1880’s, and worked as a craftsman in many different area’s of construction with only one useful arm. Being of strong spirit, having been marched in “double quick” for nine days while shot through this arm and without rations for three days, he became a leader of men. Amos Carter soon became a builder and independent contractor. An entrepreneur, Amos Carter began yet another business, that of a wholesale grocer and dry goods merchant, and was among those to first build a North side business district in the 1300 block of Caledonia Street. A.C. Carter & Son, provided a good income as well as an outlet for his new venture, Fell’s Patent Medicine. Being very successful in his endeavors, he built himself the home of his dreams, and cherished it till his dying day.

After his death, the home eventually passed to his youngest surviving daughter Bessie, whom occupied the home until her death in Feb, 1985. Just two months short of her 101st birthday. The home still stands today, relatively unchanged, as the legacy of the free enterprise, and spirit, that was A.C. Carter.

A.C. Carters granddaughter Avis Riley, who grew up in the home, still resided in the smaller home north, until her death in 2007. We forever thank her for her invaluable contributions, and use of photographs in researching it’s history.

Additional Carter Family Data
Amos Claude Carter, Civil War Veteran, married Lurene Henry, *great granddaughter and direct descendent of Revolutionary War patriot Patrick Henry (“Give me liberty or give me death”) in New York, Aug. 15th 1865 the date was also recorded as Sept. 15th 1865, perhaps a 2nd wedding ceremony. This kinship being subject of an article in a Minnesota newspaper from the 1890's, shown to us by Avis Riley, about the Henry family wedding spoons presented to Amos and Lurene (aka Lorena) by a Patrick Henry descendants society. We do not know the true exact genealogical connection. They bore four children, one, a daughter Mae Bell, died in infancy. Son Claude, and daughters Maude and Bessie survived. First settled in Sparta, Wisconsin before moving to La Crosse. They lived above their dry goods store during much of the four year construction of the A.C. Carter House.

The home was purchased in 1985, first restored, and is still currently owned by Dean and Signe Gronbeck-Johnson, owners of Grandeur Restorations of Madison, and it was accepted for Nomination for the National Register of Historic Places in 1986.


The A.C. Carter House is featured on page 77 of the book “Daughters Of The Painted Ladies, America’s Resplendent Victorians” Elizabeth Pomada and Michael Larson authors, Douglas Keister photographer. It is widely considered the 'bible' of Victorian restorationists. One of only two La Crosse homes selected on Ms. Pomada's nationwide tour, the photographer was sent back from San Francisco to capture 2 photos during restoration to be on time for publication. Ms. Pomada described the home as one of the most delightful surprises of her tour. We are truly honored by her recognition of this wonderful home that time seemed to have forgotten.

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La Crosse, Wisconsin, United States

Traveling during the coronavirus? How we are addressing guest concerns.

We understand the anxiety of travelers during this time of uncertainty. A short term rental provides privacy and control to guests not possible in a hotel, but how do you know that accommodation is safe?

Please make sure your short term rental is a licensed and inspected guest house that is required by law to follow safe and sanitary practices.

At the A. C. Carter House, we are licensed by the state and inspected by the board of health.

Our guest house is cleaned to exacting standards. Between every guest stay our home is fully cleaned, using bleach products and surfaces are disinfected including but not limited to railings, counters, door knobs, appliances, remote controls, bath fixtures and light switches. All our bedding are laundered with laundry sanitizing solution.

Our home has been popular for years as an accommodation for people traveling to La Crosse for advanced medical treatment, and many of our guests have had compromised immune systems due to cancer treatments. We have been doubly aware of the necessity of a clean environment for these travelers and have followed these extra cleaning methods as routine for all guests of our home.

We feel this information will help or guests in their traveling decision at this time. We feel that it is important for us to continue to remain open for bookings and offering accommodations at this time because we offer a private and guest controlled rental where travelers can rest assured that are staying in an inspected sanitary space and exposure is limited to their own guest choices.

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This licensed and inspected spacious guest home is conveniently located in a very nice quiet North La Crosse neighborhood, very close to the major Rose St. hotel district, and two quick and direct traffic routes to downtown, and the Onalaska areas. Just blocks from beautiful riverfront parks, beach, and boat launch for enjoying terrific recreation and event opportunities.

Hosted by Signe

  1. Joined in August 2017
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I am a professional restoration designer and contractor. I was fascinated by this home as a child. I fell in love with and purchased this home 33 years ago and have been devoted to preserving it for future generations ever since. I spent my honeymoon traveling the Mississippi River and staying each night in a different historic home, I am happy to have the opportunity to share my own historic home with others that would enjoy experiencing the now rare beauty and whimsy that these unique homes provided their original occupants so many years gone by. We have maintained this lovely home for over 30 years as a labor of love, and leased it furnished for executive stays and unfurnished for years. We have formed many lasting friendships with those that enjoyed their time in this unique home. We are excited to furnish the home again for our use and pleasure and offering on Airbnb! Prepare to fall in love. * Dear Guests, We recently received a dishonest retaliatory review from a guest named Allison. This guest caused great damage to our home and furnishings and was asked to pay for the damage. Please read the reviews of guests that stayed immediately before and after Allison to see the true representation of our home. I also have dozens of high resolution photographs dated showing this guests review to be dishonest.
I am a professional restoration designer and contractor. I was fascinated by this home as a child. I fell in love with and purchased this home 33 years ago and have been devoted to…

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