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Photography by David Bader

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Country Comfort

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Camp Bar has everything you’d expect from a rustic retreat in the woods. But this cozy watering hole is not in the wilderness, it’s in a Milwaukee suburb. “It goes back to the owners’ desire to have a piece of northern Wisconsin in their daily life,” says architect Josh Wadzinski of Wade Weissmann Architecture. “People around here grew up going to that area, so it’s something they can relate to.”

To capture what Wadzinski calls the “northwoods aesthetic,” Wade Weissmann Architecture and Peabody’s Interiors used authentic materials like chandeliers made from real antlers, vintage signage from northern Wisconsin, and a dizzying variety of wood. Giant timber logs are suspended from the ceiling to make the space cozy but not claustrophobic, while the polished wood walls, seating banquettes, and tables are all treated with different stains, paints, and patterns for variety. The cabin-bar concept was so popular that Camp recently expanded to include a new bar and back room, additional seating, and an extra-large fireplace. Just don’t forget to bring your own s’mores.

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