I was going for a simple clean layout design, to display photos of a historic house we visited in La Crosse, in Wisconsin, a few weeks ago. I thought its octagon architecture was pretty cool, considering the time period it was built in! Cathy’s template came in handy, as it was on sale last week! Thank you!

Supplies used:
Cathy Zielske's Layered Template No. 106 (rotated the left page and merged two bottom photos on the right page)
Arlesey Paper Pack

Unique architecture is preserved in West Salem, a small town north of La Crosse, Wisconsin. This is a house shaped like an octagon. This home was originally built in 1856 by Dr. Horace Palmer, the first resident doctor of Neshonoc, an area one mile north of West Salem near the La Crosse River. When Neshonoc lost its residents to West Salem due to railroad construction in the new town, the large Palmer home was moved to its present location so Dr. Palmer could be close to his patients.

The process of moving the house took three weeks, during which time the Palmer family kept right on living in it. A large wing on the structure made it necessary to split the house for easier moving. The house was heavy, as it was made of oak beams, brick lined for warmth and the walls filled with sawdust for insulation.

The Palmer house was sold to Mr. and Mrs. Gullickson in 1921, and was passed on to their son and daughter-in-law. The daughter-in-law, Rachel Gullickson, was a teacher, historian, nature lover and avid world traveler. It was through her generosity that the West Salem Historical Society was able to purchase this house and carry out her wish that the home be preserved and open to the public.

This house is unique, as many pieces of furniture originally purchased for the home are still there. The furnishings were made in the Victorian Renaissance style, circa 1855-1880.