Located on the banks of the Mississippi River the building was constructed in the hope it would become home of the territorial legislature. The original design included a fourth floor was a ballroom intended for State celebrations, and on the second floor there was a large chamber intended to be the State Supreme Court. Built in 1836 in the territory of Wisconsin which included what are now Iowa, Minnesota and part of the Dakotas the intended use of the building was never achieved and instead provided the community with a popular restaurant and lodging facilities. The hotel is associated with the life of Nelson Dewey, the first governor of Wisconsin. Mark W. Maiers began a restoration of this historic structure and has plans to return the building to it’s original, yet unintended use, and operate a bed and breakfast within the structure on this undebated historic site.