Charmant Hotel brings back piece of La Crosse history

The new Charmant Hotel is bringing back a piece of La Crosse history.

Crews installed a water tower Tuesday on top of the of the 67 room boutique hotel at the corner of state and front streets.

It’s a replica of a water tower which was seen atop of the Joseph B. Funke Candy Company, which used to occupy the building.

The idea came after the owners of the Charmant saw original pictures of the candy company.

They decided to use the water tower to celebrate the history of the building.

“The original water tower had the original Funke’s Chocolate logo on it, so we obviously wanted to put our twist on it and put our logo on it,” said the Charmant’s General Manager Sean Cassidy.

The hotel is on schedule to open in September.

The Joseph B. Funke Candy Company opened in the building in 1898 and closed in 1933. It later reopened as Ross Furniture which it was until a few years ago when local developer Don Weber bought the building to turn it into La Crosse’s only boutique hotel.