Colorado County Historical Markers

Ilse-Rau House

Marker location: 1100 Bowie St., Columbus (Corner of Bowie and Walnut)

Marker erected: 1970

Marker Text: Ilse - Rau House

Built in 1887 by Henry Ilse, a farmer, rancher, saloon owner. In symmetrical Victorian style, house is constructed of cypress, with pine floors and jigsaw decorations. It contains three fireplaces with marble mantels. Roof is made of stamped metal rectangles. Contractors were Jacob and Lewis Wirtz. Ilse family home until 1954, house was purchased in 1965 and restored by Mr. and Mrs. R. F. Rau in empire and Victorian manner. Since purchased by Raymond Rau family in 1965, the structure has been known as "Raumonda." RTHL - 1970


Henry Ilse Home

A vintage photograph of the Henry Ilse Home courtesy of the Nesbitt Memorial Library

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