Chippewa Valley Museum considering taking ownership of the pagoda

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The Woo's Pagoda restaurant opened in 1950 and closed several years ago.  The building later re-opened as the Red Parrot Nightclub & Lounge, before closing again in 2012. 

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU)-- The Chippewa Valley Museum is considering taking ownership of the pagoda, on top of the former Woo's Pagoda restaurant, along Hastings Way in Eau Claire.

Director Susan McLeod says the Board of Directors met Tuesday to talk about possible plans.

The pagoda is 18 feet tall, and 8 feet by 8 feet wide. McLeod says it is too big to fit inside the museum, so it would have to be placed outside somewhere in a safe spot. She says the museum would have to pay to remove it properly, and stated that there are several "equipment and insurance issues" to figure out before they could do that. McLeod says several people in the community have asked the museum to take ownership of the Pagoda. She says a lot of people see it as an historic part of Eau Claire.

On Tuesday night, the Eau Claire City Council approved plans to tear down the former restaurant and build a new CVS drugstore.

The building is scheduled to be demolished by the end of May. McLeod says the board hopes to have a decision on whether or not to take ownership of the pagoda by the end of this week.


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