White House History

Incredible History

This mansion has a history as grand as it's style.

The White House is more than a home. It is a piece of history, furnished with outstanding artwork and historical artifacts. It is lovingly called The White House of Wisconsin Rapids.

Originally built by the Arpin Family in 1902

History of the ‘White House’

John and Clarice Arpin lived in the house next door, now known as Le Chateau-The Manor Bed & Breakfast. In 1902, they built what is now known as the White House for their son, Daniel. The Arpin family founded a lumber mill, and their homes along the river were designed to display wealth and success of the family and showcase their ability to get lumber from all over the world.

The home was built in a Jacobean manor-style and features a different type of wood in each room, emphasizing the family lumber business. The parlor highlights birch, the library is done in maple, and the billiards room has teak wood. The dining room features 18th century Brazilian mahogany with Belgian tapestry that winds around the room.

The White House was also the first house in the area with indoor plumbing installed when it was built. Floors were equipped with a bell system and pull-cords that alerted servants where the Arpin family members were at all times.

Guests of The White House

From musicians to politicians

Famed jazz musician Louis Armstrong once stayed here, as did women’s suffragist Susan B. Anthony. Now, you can actually sleep in the same bedroom as Louis Armstrong and Susan B. Anthony.

It has also hosted luminaries of stage and screen including Mickey Rooney, John McGivern and others.

Grand Avenue

Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, ca. 1960. McMillan Memorial Library

Car Stuck in the Snow

Pushing a car stuck in the snow, Wisconsin Rapids, ca. 1950

Ice Fishing

Three men play cards while ice fishing, Wisconsin River

East Side Pool

Old East Side Pool located across the street from The White House

Dam and Spillway

Wisconsin Rapids Dam and Spillway [aerial view]

Wisconsin Rapids City Band

“ODD FELLOWS BAND” Grand Rapids, Wis. IOOF Cornet Band

what our visitors say:


We came from the west coast to visit relatives we hadn't seen in thirty years.
What a wonderful time, beautiful historic home.
Lots of fun visiting, catching up, playing pool with a couple cousins.
Modern amenities yet still with historic ambience.
Gary - Review from AirBnB

Contact us

Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin
820 First Street, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin
EMAIL: patrick@goodnesscompany.com

Call directly: (715) 423-1255