Spanning nearly a century as
an iconic landmark…
Originally designed in 1927 by architect Henry Auler, the Old English/Tudor Revival-style building totals 33,000 square feet and three floors. The interior boasts 25-foot-high vaulted ceilings alongside original stained glass accents and handcarved crown moldings. Many fixtures and floorplans remain intact as well. The venue’s iconic, 7,000-square-foot concert hall and ballroom spans two floors. The grandiose entertainment hub is outfitted with ornate whitewashed ceilings detailed with elaborate brass filigree works that support optimal acoustics.
Beyond an imperial staircase illuminated beneath crystal chandeliers, the 1,800-square-foot private dining room also shows off high vaulted ceilings accented with original wood beams. In the basement, the vintage, 10-lane bowling alley is fully restored with modern technology and décor. Plush, velvet sofas are installed along with a full bar and private viewing room. In addition to the onsite café, a 10-seat tea room in the adjacent foyer provides an alternative retreat.
The expansive development maintains the building’s original opulent craftsmanship, imbued with updated interior elements that harken back to the grandeur of early 20th-century architecture. In February of 2018 The Howard was officially listed as in the National Register and State Register of Historic places by the Secretary of the Interior. Originally founded in 1927 as a men-only Eagles club, The Howard has been carefully restored and reopened by sisters and proprietors, Carey Sharpe and Jenna Golem, who lovingly renamed the property after their grandfather.
Jenna Golem, Owner
Growing up in the picturesque lakefront town of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Jenna Golem discovered her affinity for creativity at an early age. From beginning to play the violin at four years old, to earning a degree in fine arts from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2007, Golem imbues an artistic approach throughout all aspects of her life.
Following college, Golem began working as a Graphic Artist for Pacur, a plastics fabrication company in her hometown, where she advanced her skills in computer and graphic design to complement her classic arts training. In 2013, Golem renovated and opened a fine arts studio, showcasing collections of her own original works in mediums ranging from large scale oil paintings to smaller charcoal drawings. A dedicated mother of two and community advocate, Golem advises on several boards in Oshkosh, which includes The Grand Oshkosh and The Paine Art Center and Gardens.
Eager to dive into a new project in 2017, Golem and her sister Carey Sharpe spearheaded a massive restoration of Oshkosh’s historic former Eagle’s club, lovingly renamed “The Howard” after the sisters’ grandfather. Golem’s artistic influence can be found throughout the multi-use event space, from ornate backsplash details down to the final screw securing one of the venue’s many ornate chandeliers. When she’s not composing her latest oil painting, Golem enjoys traveling to remote regions of the world, hiking and spending time with her family.
Carey Sharpe, Owner
A Midwest native, Carey Sharpe grew up in the charming lake town of Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Driven by her passion to help others, Sharpe pursued a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Drawn to Chicago, Sharpe jumpstarted her nursing career at Illinois’ prestigious Rush University Medical Center, where she would earn a Master’s Degree in Nursing, advancing on to become a Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner.
In 2015 after eight years in Chicago’s fast-paced metropolitan scene, Sharpe returned to her roots, settling back in her hometown of Oshkosh (USA Today’s top cities for Millennials, 2017). Armed with a tenacious work ethic and drive to preserve and enhance the town of Oshkosh, Sharpe immersed herself in several local community organizations, holding board seats at Oshkosh’s YMCA, Symphony, Community Foundation Board, and will be joining the board for the Chamber of Commerce in the fall. Sharpe has received several accolades and recognition for her community contributions, ranking amongst Oshkosh Independent Magazine’s "Women in Charge" in March, 2018.
Dedicated to further improving her beloved hometown, Sharpe and her sister Jenna Golem jumped at the chance to acquire and restore a historic Oshkosh landmark from the former Eagles Club into a stunning multi-use event space, cafe and bowling alley. Lovingly named after the sisters' grandfather, Howard Curler, The Howard recently opened in the fall of 2018. When she’s not working at the hospital, facilitating change in her community or leading a historic restoration, Sharpe enjoys reading, and spending time with her family.