Press release submitted by Dave Aeschliman|
(Davenport, IA) The contents of the historic Kahl Home on West 11th Avenue in Davenport will be hitting the auction block in January and February, according to an announcement made today by Walnut Creek Auction Company.
"We're pleased to announce the scheduled auctions of a tremendous lineup of historical pieces along with the comprehensive contents of a contemporary senior care facility and all of the support mechanisms required such as tools, lawn and garden, kitchen and tons of furniture," said Walnut Creek CEO David Aeschliman.
The auctions, scheduled for January 18, 25 and February 1, feature "categories" of particular interest. The first sale features the contents of a commercial stainless steel kitchen, including dozens of specialty cooking and serving units, hair parlor chairs and dryers, artwork and more than 100 pieces of nearly new furniture and 50+ lift chairs from the common areas of the senior center as well as a lamp collection and household goods.
The second auction features the contents of the senior center resident rooms and the care facilities such as 125+ near-new twin beds, more than 300 pieces of furniture from resident rooms, lift tubs, janitorial supplies, commercial laundromat washers and dryers and food service tables.
The final auction will feature the highly collectible antique furniture pieces from the original Kahl Home mansion, staff room furniture, room appointments and accessories and lots of plumbing, carpentry and electrical parts and tools. This auction will operate two rings for much of the day. Aeschliman said the outdoor statuary will also be sold.
When asked to describe the highlights found within the buildings, Aeschliman said, "We have everything from an incredibly beautiful series of ornate and vintage furniture pieces dating back to the 1920s to Oriental rugs to a half-million dollar stainless steel kitchen toa commercial laundry room to riding lawn mowers to antique furniture to 100+ near-new living room chairs to about a dozen new refrigerators," says Aeschliman. "There are 123 beds and dressers, 50+ like-new casual living room chairs, countless mirrors, artwork…keep in mind this was a massive facility with more than 160 private rooms. It took a great deal of merchandise, fixtures, tools and appliances to serve the needs of the Kahl residents."
"It took more than 15 hours for two people just to inventory everything," said Becky Aeschliman, president of Walnut Creek. "We think it will take about twice that long to sell it all at auction, even at our pace of 100 lots per hour."
The auction takes place as a result of the Kahl Home relocating to an all-new facility and location on Jersey Ridge Road in north rural Davenport in 2010.
In doing so, the Kahl home has sealed the former premises containing an eclectic mix of merchandise no longer needed at the new location. The company made the decision to auction the contents after considering its options, and interviewing auction firms.
"Residents may want to just come up and take it all in," says Aeschliman. "The view from the fifth story of a building on the bluff is breathtaking, and the tour of the old Kahl home is magnificent and inspiring. It's a great venue to visit one last time."
The Kahl home has been sold to a private investor and will be turned into senior living apartments by the developer. Construction will begin almost immediately upon the completion of the auctions.
Walnut Creek was selected from a competitive application process. Its auction facilities are in Milan, IL but this will be an on-site auction held at 1101 West 9th Street, Davenport. Parking is available on-site.
Photos and inventory lists can be viewed at www.walnutcreekauction.com or at www.auctionzip.com under Walnut Creek listings.
The Kahl Home is operated by the Carmelite System, Inc. of Germantown, New York. That non-profit was established in 1999 by The Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm, which was founded in 1929. The Sisters provide care and comfort for the world's aging and infirm while The Carmelite System, Inc. perpetuates the healing ministry of Christ in a long-term environment.
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