West Salem, WI. – The Wisconsin Historical Society announces the listing of the Derwood and Myrtle Trimbell House in West Salem, La Crosse County, on the State Register of Historic Places.

The Derwood and Myrtle Trimbell House was constructed in 1920 and is an outstanding local example of a Prairie Style house. The house was designed by prominent La Crosse architects Percy Dwight Bentley and Otto Merman. Bentley and Merman are recognized today as master architects in the state of Wisconsin based on the inventive and sophisticated Prairie Style homes they designed in the La Crosse area.

The home’s exterior walls are clad in exposed Denison Tile, laid to form alternating horizontal bands. The upper story is clad in stucco. The house has a Bedford limestone entryway surround and the primary rooms have leaded glass casement windows. A majority of the home’s Prairie-style interiors are intact, including banded wall panel wainscoting, elaborate wood cornices, and a Roman brick fireplace surround with Rookwood architectural faience tiles.

The State Register is Wisconsin’s official list of state properties determined to be significant to Wisconsin’s heritage. The State Historic Preservation Office at the Wisconsin Historical Society administers both the State Register and National Register in Wisconsin.


Additional information for this house is available at https://www.wisconsinhistory.org/Records/Property/HI72530

To learn more about the State and National Register programs in Wisconsin, visit ­­­­www.wisconsinhistory.org.

About the Wisconsin Historical Society

The Wisconsin Historical Society, founded in 1846, ranks as one of the largest, most active and most diversified state historical societies in the nation. As both a state agency and a private membership organization, its mission is to help people connect to the past by collecting, preserving and sharing stories. The Wisconsin Historical Society serves millions of people every year through a wide range of sites, programs and services. For more information, visit wisconsinhistory.org.

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