Renovated hotel, new concert spot in Central Wisconsin business news

Friday, June 16, 2017

OWEN - The historic Woodland Hotel is getting a makeover from a trio of owners — Richard Peterson, Tim Swiggum and Larry Hodnett, who hope to re-establish the small Clark County town of 930 people into a thriving and vibrant downtown. They say the Woodland Hotel, which they purchased in 2015, is key to making that happen.  

"This place was a destination," Peterson said. "It was the centerpiece of the town. Everything was here a century ago. It was a hotel, the post office, a bank, a barber shop. It was a one-stop place."

The Woodland Hotel was built in 1906 for the John S. Owen Lumber Company, which established the city of Owen. Claude and Starck, an architectural firm from Madison, designed the Woodland Hotel for the lumber company and it opened in late December 1906, according to the Woodland Hotel website.

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