The Archer House Inn suffered significant fire and water damage due to a fire that began late afternoon on Thursday, November 12, 2020 at Smoqehouse (A tenant of the Archer House). Within 30 minutes the Northfield Fire Department thought the fire was under control and was preparing to leave the premises. It was at that time they discovered that the fire was spreading through the floors and walls above the Smoqehouse kitchen.
Fortunately, the only injury was minor first degree burns on the hands of a Smoqehouse employee. Alarms and Safety equipment worked as designed leading to an orderly evacuation of all hotel and tenant staff. No hotel guests were in the building when the fire began.
Sadly, over the next 18 hours, the fire continued through the 1877 building’s floors and walls until it ultimately reached the 4th floor. As of early afternoon on Friday, November 13, 2020 the fire was considered contained but with significant damage that has led to the hotel and our tenants closure.
Over the coming days and weeks there will be a determination as to the condition of the structure and if any portion of the historic structure can be saved. While it is our hope that we will be able to rebuild the inn, restaurant, bar and retail spaces, it is too early to determine when that will happen or any specifics.
At this tragic time, our thoughts turn to the Archer House staff as well as our tenants and their staff. We will do all we can to assist those who have lost jobs, in what has already been a challenging year for hotel, restaurant and bar workers.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, The Archer House closed March 17, 2020 reopening on July 24th. During this time, the Archer House Owners invested more than $150,000 on improvements to our guest rooms, lobby, breakfast room, and new bar. The Archer House Bar is particularly hard to have lost considering all the time our management and staff put into its design and construction.
We are grateful for the support we have received from the Mayor, local officials, the Convention and Visitors Bureau, St. Olaf and Carleton Colleges, past guests and community members since the fire began. It has been our honor to be stewards of the Archer House and its long and important history in Northfield. Our company motto is to “Preserve, maintain and enhance unique properties that serve and connect communities”. We are anxious to get started on the Archer House’s next chapter. Updates will be added to the Archer House website and social media accounts in the coming days, weeks and months.
Due to extensive smoke and water damage sustained from the fire on November 12th, the Archer House will remain closed for the foreseeable future. At this time we are not taking future reservations.