“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
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Chippewa Falls in Chippewa County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Cook-Rutledge Mansion

Cook-Rutledge Mansion Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith L, April 27, 2011
1. Cook-Rutledge Mansion Marker
Inscription.  In September of 1873 James Monroe Bingham, a local attorney, State Assemblyman, and future lieutenant governor of the State of Wisconsin, purchased this land which had just been plotted as Block 14 of the Western Addition to the City of Chippewa Falls for $2,500. Bingham immediately began construction of a house completing the original structure in 1874 at a cost of $7,600.

Bingham died in January 1885, but his wife continued to live in the house until August 1887 when the property was sold to lumber man Edward Rutledge and his wife Hannah for $5,500. The home you see today is the result of the Rutledge's extensive remodeling and additions.

After Hannah died in 1910 and Edward in 1911, the house was empty for a time while a lengthy search of heirs was conducted. The mansion was then bought by the Frederick Weyerhaeuser Company for $10,000 in 1914. They sold it to Christoper Sundet of Chippewa Falls in 1915, who subdivided the southern half of the block into eight residential lots. That same year, Sundet sold the mansion to Dayton E. Cook, a prominent local attorney, who later served many years as county judge.

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Cook family owned and lived in the home from 1915 until 1973 when daughter Mabel Cook sold the mansion to the Chippewa County Historical Society.

Recognizing its historical significance and High Victorian-Italianate style architecture, the Mansion was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.

Chippewa County Historical Society
Marker Sign #14

Erected by Chippewa County Historical Society. (Marker Number 14.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1885.
Location. 44° 55.984′ N, 91° 23.977′ W. Marker is in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, in Chippewa County. Marker is at the intersection of West Grand Avenue and Albert Street, on the left when traveling west on West Grand Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 505 West Grand Avenue, Chippewa Falls WI 54729, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Trinity United Methodist Church (approx. ¼ mile away); First Presbyterian Church (approx. ¼ mile away); The Norway House & the Birthplace of Alexander Wiley (approx. 0.4 miles away); Oldest Commercial Building in Chippewa Falls (approx. 0.4 miles away); Edward Rutledge Charity (approx.
Cook-Rutledge Mansion and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith L, April 27, 2011
2. Cook-Rutledge Mansion and Marker
0.4 miles away); The Federal Building & Early Mail Service (approx. 0.4 miles away); Sokup's Market (approx. half a mile away); The Marsh Rainbow Arch Bridge (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chippewa Falls.
Additional keywords. Cook-Rutledge House
Cook-Rutledge Mansion image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith L, April 27, 2011
3. Cook-Rutledge Mansion
State and National Register of Historic Places #74000060
Credits. This page was last revised on October 13, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 23, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 990 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 23, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.

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