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Mansion-turned art gallery has roots that dig deep

Eau Claire (WQOW) — Over the weekend, the Galaudet Art Gallery offered tours around a Victorian mansion, built in 1902, to showcase its history.

The gallery still has many design characteristics from over a hundred years ago, such as the original floors made from American Maple, which are popular to the area, as well as Fleur de Lis on different places throughout the house.

Mike Milewski, Co-owner of the gallery and tour guide, said that it’s important for the community to see and learn from the local history presented in the former mansion.

“It’s a part of the history of Eau Claire and I think Eau Claire has a very rich history just about anywhere you go,” Milewski said. “I don’t think a lot of people are aware of the men and women that lived here and also of the magnificent house that they had built.”

Owners of the gallery said they are lucky to showcase both local and worldly art in a place that recognizes the city’s origins.

Milewski, who also lives in Chicago managing his other art gallery, only gives tours of the mansion a few times a year. However, he plans on being back in July for more to give more tours.

Carly Swisher

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