Endings & Beginnings for Historic Bryan Building, Former Owner

By: Ashlea Sigman Email
By: Ashlea Sigman Email

Its the end of one chapter and the beginning of another for one historic building in downtown Bryan.

Saturday, auctioneers began selling off items in the old WoodART building, on Main Street.

Ken Whitson recently sold the building to the city of Bryan.

Back in 1912, it was originally an icehouse, and in the 1970s it was a nightclub, called "Cell-Block 5."

For the past 12 years, Whitson used the building to house his furniture restoration business.

Although he's excited to see what the city will do with his old shop, Whitson said leaving it is bittersweet.

"Its been a great ride, been doing it for 17 years. I came into the business late in life. It's been a great ride, if I had to do it all over again, I'd do it in a heart beat."

Equipment from the shop was auctioned off Saturday. Remaining furniture will be auctioned off Sunday, starting at 1pm.

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