Historic Properties – “Shawano has History”

The Northwestern Hotel


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The Northwestern Hotel
635 S. Main St.
Shawano, Wisconsin

Built in 1905, the Northwestern Hotel is located directly across the street from the Chicago & Northwestern railroad depot.  The Northwestern Hotel had an ideal spot for clientele arriving by train. For decades over the last 120 years, this building was a hotel with rooms above the bar and restaurant.  Since ending its life as a hotel, many businesses have used the building including, the 400 Bar and El Mariachi Cantina and Grill.   The Mahl Hotel, a competior, was across the street to the north.

Architectually, the building is “commercial vernacular” with a moulded metal first floor cornice over the roofline with segmental arch brick lintels.  The front of the first floor has been altered with small octagonal windows.