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Historic Wisconsin building houses new HomeStore

AshleyA ceremony marks the grand opening of the Ashley Furniture HomeStore in Prairie du Chien, Wis.
Prairie Du Chien, Wis. - After lying dormant for years, the A.W. Thompson Building here is now the upper level of an Ashley Furniture HomeStore.
     "It's been a long time coming," said JoAnn Evans, owner of the store at 219 N. Marquette Road here. "We're excited and ready to go."
     The showroom occupies 19,000 square feet and the former A.W. Thompson Building accounts for 10,000 square feet on the upper level. An elevator shaft, receiving room and utility room with four furnaces are part of an addition on the northwest corner of the building.
     The exterior of the store features a rustic log cabin look. The front porch was designed by Blair Dillman and is made from pine timbers that were taken from a farm that Dillman owns. All of the brick, inside and out, came from a former Campion building, which was taken down many years ago. The interior features brick pillars, walnut trim on the windows, and a large staircase leading to the spacious upper level, which has a higher ceiling.
     "We offer something for everyone," said Evans, who said the store offers various styles of furniture, and accessories.
     She said that there are 12 employees at the store and a nearby warehouse.
     The historic building was constructed in 1914 and was a tobacco warehouse and sorting and grading facility for White Owl cigars. It was sold to the Delhury family in the mid-1960s and became an animal feed manufacturer known as Dr. Thompson's Minerals and Pre-Mix.

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