About The Inn
The History of Castle La Crosse
Castle La Crosse opened in May 2017. This stunning property is well known throughout the city of La Crosse and the surrounding region. The Castle was originally built in 1892 for local lumber baron, Nymphus B. Holway, and his wife, Jessie, by noted local architects Hugo Schick and Gustav Stolze. They were intent on creating a home fit for a king!
The exterior of the home with its limestone facade imposes its superiority above the surrounding homes. Designed with a tower that raises the vertical length of the home, a feature of Richardson Romanesque, the house was built in the popular Queen Anne style architecture of the time. It is interesting to note a number of Romanesque elements in the home as well, a feat that created a blend of the two styles.
Unfortunately for Mr. Holway, he passed before the mansion could be completed. His widow Ms. Jessie Holway completed the structure and raised their children in the residence. Ms. Holway was very much involved in her local community and hosted many functions at her mansion, continuing a long tradition of business and philanthropy set by her husband. As we near 130 years since the house was completed, Castle La Crosse continues the legacy set by the original occupants to be a vital part of our local community.
Castle La Crosse
Ms. Holway lived at the mansion until 1920 when she sold the massive residence to the Diocese of La Crosse. The mansion then became the Bishop's Residence and was owned by the Catholic Church for the next five decades, becoming known to local residents as the "Castle on Cass."
In 1976, the Carlisle family purchased the Castle and continued to reside in the house for 30 years. By 2006 the Wood family purchased the residence, working to return the Castle to a single-family residence through major renovations.
Today the "Castle on Cass" is known as Castle La Crosse; an award-winning Bed and Breakfast. The former Holway Mansion is a La Crosse landmark and continues to be one of the most photographed icons of the region. Castle La Crosse is the best-preserved example of high-style late 19th century residential architecture in the region.
We are very proud of our home and welcome any questions you might have on its architecture and history.
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About The Area
What Makes La Crosse So Special
Our region is blessed with four distinct seasons and much of its charm derives from the variety of activities available in the area.
Discover: La Crosse and the surrounding region are blessed with many excellent bike trails. We enjoy biking in the fall because of the scenery and the cooler temperatures. From Hixon Forest to The Great River Road to Wisconsin State Trails, we have many spots for the beginner or the most experienced rider. Even a leisurely bike ride through La Crosse while taking in our notable public artworks, such as Confluence Mural, Four Muses, or the La Crosse Plays sculpture make for a great afternoon.
Autumn is the time to take part in the many outdoor events that keep the region hopping even as the days grow short. One of the largest festivals is Oktoberfest. Nearly 100,000 attend the parades, drink the beer, and dress up in lederhosen.
Wisconsin's Driftless Region is a spectacular place to watch the turning of the leaves into hues of yellow, red and brown. The bluffs come alive with blazes of color. Set against a backdrop of crystal clear water and blue skies, the mind is awestruck by the beauty. We recommend taking drives along either The Great River Road or Apple Blossom Drive to take in the scenery or stopping atop Grandad Bluff for the views.
- Lots to see and do!
- Scenic Roadways
- Bird Watching
- Bicycle Routes
- Coffee House
- Restaurants Galore