The Oxbow Hotel


Architectural, Commercial, Interiors


Eau Claire, WI

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Completed 2016

Experience Northern Wisconsin

Team: Shelter, SDS Architects, Rohm Construction

Photos: Life Tree Studios

Accolades: 2016 Downtown Eau Claire Award - Best New Renovation

The Oxbow Hotel, a boutique hotel in Eau Claire, WI. was designed in collaboration with SDS Architects and Longform LLC. Rising from the rundown Green Tree Inn complex, on Galloway Street in downtown Eau Claire, The Oxbow Hotel reinvents the two buildings into a world-class hospitality destination.  With 30 custom guest rooms, a music lounge, an in-house bar and restaurant (The Lakely) and a recreation outfitter (Oxbow Outfitters). Contributing to the resurgence of the Chippewa Valley, The Oxbow aims to celebrate the lifestyles and heritage of Northern Wisconsin. The Oxbow Hotel opened to critical acclaim in October of 2016.

The project is the brainchild of Longform LLC, a partnership of creative entrepreneurs:

  • Justin Vernon, Grammy-Award winning founder of Bon Iver and creator of the Eaux Claires Music Festival
  • Nick Meyer, editor and publisher of the Chippewa Valley-based arts and entertainment magazine Volume One
  • Ben Richgruber, executive director of Eau Claire Regional Arts Center
  • Zach Halmstad, founder of Minneapolis and Eau Claire-based JAMF Software.
  • Headed by chef Nathan Berg, The Lakely is The Oxbow Hotel’s signature music lounge, bar and restaurant. The Lakely features a locally-sourced menu and custom-mixed drink selections. Nathan comes to The Oxbow after years spent with the critically-acclaimed Native Bay in nearby Chippewa Falls, The Creamery in Downsville, and as an avid and well-known local food and farmer advocate.
  • Shelter Architecture’s design team was led by architect and interior designer Jackie Millea, architect John Barbour, and designer Kurt Gough. The Shelter team includes designers Lisa Antenucci, Beth Halstenson, Jackie Lyons, and Katie Mallory. Shelter partnered with local firm SDS Architects, led by architect Hal Snow.