About The Inn
The History of Castle La Crosse
Castle La Crosse opened in May 2017. This wonderful property is well known throughout the city of La Crosse and the surrounding region. The Castle was originally built in 1892 for a 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's many parks by spending the day paddling by canoe in a river or lake. The Upper Mississippi National Fish and Wildlife Refuge offers 96 miles of canoe trails, many within walking distance to La Crosse. If you prefer to remain on foot then we recommend exploring Goose Island, Riverside Park, Lake Onalaska or Lake Neshonoc for recreational hiking, biking or even a picnic lunch!
Summer is the time to take part in the many outdoor activities that keep the region hopping. Boating, fishing, hiking and golfing are just a few! Explore the Mississippi and other rivers by boat, you may want to water ski or swim in the refreshing waters on a hot summer afternoon. Enjoy a river sunset from your boat with a glass of wine or a cold beer. Boat rentals are available by the day and The La Crosse Queen offers tours on the Mississippi River.
Wisconsin's oldest communities are located in the La Crosse region; local historical societies have worked hard to preserve many varied sites and artifacts. Visit the Dahl Auto Museum for vintage cars; Norskedalen Nature and Heritage Center for historic homesteads, or check out the La Crosse Historical Society for exhibits and local history.
- Lots to see and do!
- Scenic Roadways
- Bird Watching
- Bicycle Routes
- Coffee House
- Restaurants Galore