North Prairie Houses

A charming group of miniature buildings, created by August Klatt (1877-1951), were acquired and fully conserved by Kohler Foundation before gifting to the North Prairie Area Historical Society. The sculptures are composed of concrete, stone, and wood, with paint, metal hinges, and metal flashings. Klatt, a carpenter and contractor by trade, built the miniature village between 1930 and 1938, when his work decreased during the Great Depression. He built a charming village in his backyard including a school house, church, house with green trim, house with blue trim, windmill, bridge, and house with white trim. They are beautifully crafted and demonstrate the skill of a carpenter’s hand.