Eau Claire (WQOW) - The City of Eau Claire wants to preserve a part of its history by finding a new home for an historic house.
The Eau Claire Landmarks Commission met Monday, Aug. 7, 2017 in the afternoon to discuss the fate of an historic home located on Menomonie Street. Developer John Mogenson, who owns the property, wants it removed to create a new development. The Eau Claire Historic Preservation Foundation expressed interested in the property on Monday, as did Anton Smets, who has owned a number of historic homes.
“We want to support the city in it's new developments, but also in the preservation of what made this town great," Smets told News 18.
The next step is for both the commission and the interested parties to do a walk-through to ensure the structure of the house is strong enough to be moved.
Eau Claire (WQOW) - John Mogensen owns several properties on the 500 block of Menomonie Street. In a letter to Eau Claire's Landmarks Committee, Mogensen said his plan is to remove all of the existing buildings and build new ones.
However, one house is considered an historic home.
According to the National Register of Historic Places, it was owned by one of Eau Claire's earliest settlers, and the county's first treasurer, Adin Randall.
Mogensen is looking to donate the house to any organization that's willing to move it. He told News 18 he would like to see the building moved by June of 2019 at the latest. He would not comment on what he plans to build in its place.