A Host to History Since 1877Lauded as “an episode of the grandest proportions in Northfield’s history” upon its opening on August 23, 1877, Archer House Hotel quickly became a town landmark. Nearly 140 years later, its reign continues.
Bringing Urbanity To A Town Growing In Prosperity
In the late 1870s, hotelier James D. Archer saw a need for a hotel in the prosperous town of Northfield. With the assistance of contractor H.B. Martin, he built Archer House in the French Second Empire design, complete with mansard roof, arched dormer windows and east-facing portico. Townspeople, eager to combat the town’s “cowboy” image brought on by Jesse James’ failed raid on Northfield’s First National Bank a year earlier, welcomed the new hotel with unreserved enthusiasm.
“A Grand Inn” On The Cannon River
Though small by today’s standards, Archer House brought true grandeur to Northfield, with 50 rooms spread throughout a four-story central building and three-story wing to the south. A three-story north wing allowing for additional rooms, retail and dining was added later, and in 1900 electric lights were installed in every room.
Loyal Guests, Changing Ownership
Archer House experienced multiple changes of ownership over the years, not always to its advantage. By the time it was purchased in 1981 by Dallas Haas, a Northfield building contractor, the property was in considerable disrepair. Haas brought back the Archer House name, renovated rooms, updated private baths, restored the lobby and reintroduced retail shops and restaurants to the building. He also constructed a new front portico patterned after historic photographs of the Inn.
A New Legacy Of Hospitality
Dallas Haas passed away unexpectedly in the fall of 1995, but his legacy of loving stewardship was continued by two of the Archer House’s current owners, Brett and Michelle Reese, longtime Northfield residents whose company, Rebound Hospitality is dedicated to preserving and protecting historic properties. In 2012, they completed a three-year renovation that honored the history of the building while bringing modern amenities and comforts to the grand old inn.