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NEW INFORMATION: Chippewa Valley Door Co. to store pagoda indoors

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Published: May. 8, 2017 at 6:29 PM CDT
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Another local business is stepping up to help preserve an iconic structure in the Chippewa Valley.

In April, the Chippewa Valley Museum said it needed an indoor facility to store the pagoda so local real estate business Live in Eau Claire could restore it.

The pagoda once stood on top of the former Jimmy Woo's Restaurant and is currently being stored outside of Banbury Place.

Monday, WEAU 13 News learned Chippewa Valley Door Company in Lake Hallie has offered to donate indoor space to store the pagoda.

Nick White with Live in Eau Claire said transporting the pagoda to the storage space will likely happen in June or July.

Then during Live in Eau Claire's down season in January and February, the restoration process will begin.

"It'll be a challenge to try and match the wood and the colors, but I've been inside the structure itself. The steel frame of it is pretty solid, so it's gonna be maily the wood pieces on the exterior that need to be replaced," said Nick White.

The plan is for the pagoda to be an exhibit of the Chippewa Valley Museum that will be housed at the Local Lounge in Eau Claire.

Tuesday, May 9th is Woo's Night at the Local Lounge.

It's the first fundraiser to help cover the cost of the restoration process.


EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- A local business is stepping up after the Chippewa Valley Museum asked for help storing an iconic structure.

Carrie Ronnander with the museum said Monday that Chippewa Valley Door Company offered to donate indoor space to store a wooden pagoda that once stood on top of the former Jimmy Woo's restaurant on S. Hastings Way. Ronnander said she's not sure when crews will take it to the business, but that it could be two or three months from now. She said the important thing is that they have a temporary home set up for it.

Community members and businesses came together in May 2014 to remove the pagoda from the restaurant, which was called the Red Parrot before it closed. Crews then dismantled the restaurant, and a CVS Pharmacy was built on the property. The pagoda was taken to Banbury Place. It has been kept outside that complex for three years, and could be seen there Monday. The museum has said that once it is stored inside, Live in Eau Claire plans to restore it.