Size: 57,842 square feet
Status: Completed 2015
The Charmant Hotel
TKWA provided architectural services for adaptive re-use of the historic Joseph B. Funke Candy Co. factory building into a luxury boutique hotel in downtown La Crosse, Wisconsin.
As part of the renovation, TKWA assisted the owner with preparation of state and federal Historic Tax Credit applications administered by the Wisconsin State Historical Society and U.S. Department of the Interior.
In cooperation with award-winning Simeone Deary Design Group and The Aparium Hotel Group, the building was transformed into a locally-inspired hub of activity for visitors and locals alike, while retaining much of the original character and charm of the former candy factory.
Following a more than $30 million renovation and restoration, this 69-room, five-story property is the first independent luxury hotel in the area. The name “Charmant” means “charming” in French and also refers to the name of the premium line of chocolates once sold by Funke Candy.
The hotel includes a restaurant with outdoor sidewalk dining, a 5th-floor roof deck lounge, main lobby bar, as well as lower level space for meetings and corporate gatherings. The restaurant uses local ingredients and features regional new American cuisine based on classic French technique.
The Charmant Hotel was ranked #2 by Trip Advisor of the top 25 Hotels in the United States.