Living in a 1912 Schoolhouse

By Diana Budds / Published by Dwell
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In rural Wisconsin, a family transforms a one-room schoolhouse dating from 1912 into a cozy weekend getaway.

Artist Dana DeAno and Corey Ciszek always dreamed of having their own vacation retreat. "For a number of years my husband and I rented cabins in the Midwest thinking sometime, somehow we'd have our own," she says. During a trip to a rural Wisconsin town in the state's so-called "Driftlesss Area," they discovered that a tiny run-down schoolhouse just went up on the market. They fell in love with its quirky charms and the rolling cornfields and small farms surrounding it, and purchased the historic building in 2006.

The living room and kitchen occupy a former classroom. It had been a schoolhouse up until DeAno and her husband purchased it in 2006.

The living room and kitchen occupy a former classroom. It had been a schoolhouse up until DeAno and her husband purchased it in 2006.

LIVING IN A 1912 SCHOOLHOUSE

In rural Wisconsin, a family transforms a one-room schoolhouse dating from 1912 into a cozy weekend getaway.

The 1912 strucutre has been a schoolhouse up until the 1960s. "We didn't want to strip it of a one-room country schoolhouse feel. If anything, we wanted to keep it as close to original as we could," says DeAno. She modernized the kitchen, added a new staircase to the second level, and fabricated built-in cabinetry. Now, the space offers a relaxing escape from the big city.

The updated kitchen boasts new cabinetry and appliances.

The updated kitchen boasts new cabinetry and appliances.

The original chalkboard remains on the wall.

The original chalkboard remains on the wall.

Diana Budds

@dianabudds

A New York-based writer, Diana studied art history and environmental policy at UC Davis. Before rising to Senior Editor at Dwell—where she helped craft product coverage, features, and more—Diana worked in the Architecture and Design departments at MoMA and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. She counts finishing a 5K as one of her greatest accomplishments, gets excited about any travel involving trains, and her favorite magazine section is Rewind. Learn more about Diana at: http://dianabudds.com

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