History auctioned off from former Kline's Dept. Store building

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Vintage furniture, knick knacks and fixtures were auctioned off at a historic building in downtown Eau Claire on Saturday.

Property owners say the old Kline's Department Store building at 6 S. Barstow St. will be demolished, making room for the proposed Confluence Project.

Andrews Auction Service said everything that was inside the building, including original flooring, ceiling tiles, vintage elevator and other salvageable items were auctioned off.

The owner Lois Heymans said it was a nostalgic experience for many of the buyers who stopped by.

"We bought it with the hopes of someday putting a business in here but then the confluence project started so we're really excited about that," said Heymans. "A lot of people are sort of walking around to look at the building because they remember it when it was different businesses and it's a unique experience."

The Kline's Department Store was built in 1926. The building was officially voted off the historic landmark list in December.

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