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- The Dorsey was built between 1900 and 1901 by a prominent business and civic leader, lumber baron George F Meyer. The home is a solidly-built structure, as one would expect from a lumber and construction mogul. It has been lovingly and accurately restored. The Dorsey stands out as local example of a stylish Queen Anne home. An unusual interpretation of the Victorian house, this only remaining vernacular Queen Anne house with a neo-Jacobean influenced round conical roofed porch is an important representative of 19th Century architecture in Platteville. Platteville has grown from a lead-mining village from early 1800's to a bustling but unspoiled community among the rolling hills, mellow meadows and magnificent bluffs not far from the confluence of the Wisconsin and Mississippi Rivers. While staying in our quiet getaway you are still close to all the attractions and action. You have quick access to the Jamison Mining Museum, Mitchell-Rountree Stone Cottage, and a choice of many historic and cultural attractions a few minutes drive away. Feast on a Cornish meal of pastry or many dishes of immigrant German, Irish, Swiss, Scandinavian and other heritage tastes. Fine entertainment, from prime theater and music performances at UW-P a block away, to top touring shows in Dubuque, is always close at hand.
- THE MEYER ROOMGeorge F. and Ida Meyer were prominent community members who built and lived in The Dorsey at the turn of the 19th Century. George was a successful lumberman and community leader. Ida was a graduate of the Platteville Normal School.THE BILLINGS ROOMThe Billings were longest home owners and residents (24 years) of The Dorsey. John and Adeline were parents of Ann, who married Dr. Wilson Cunningham, a notable Platteville leader.THE BRIGHAM ROOMAgnes Brigham is a legend at the University in the community. As the first university female physical education instructor, she brought men's and women's basketball to the campus and founded Girl Scouts in Platteville. Brigham Hall on the UW-P campus is named after her. She owned and lived in The Dorsey for twenty years.THE CUNNINGHAM ROOMAnn Billings Cunningham, daughter of John and Adeline Billings, served on the Board of Regents for the University of Wisconsin system. In 1900 she married Dr. Cunningham. Their daughter, Ann, married William Hoard, Jr. of Hoard's Dairyman magazine, son of a former Wisconsin Governor.THE DORSEY ROOMArlene Dorsey Siss is the current owner and resident. She is a community leader who has been instrumental in forming and developing organizations that have benefited the area, e.g. Habitat for Humanity, Mitchell Rountree Stone Cottage, John Rountree Home Owners Association, etc.
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