Spanning nearly a century as an iconic landmark…
The Howard is a historic landmark located in Oshkosh, WI. Fully restored and reopened in 2018, the building features a coffee bar cafe, boutique bowling alley, and an opulent ballroom and great hall that often feature live entertainment and specialty dining. The Howard is also available as an upscale private and corporate event venue.
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.