PRAGUE – Pieces of history will be on the auction block in Prague this weekend.
An auction of both the former Prague Presbyterian Church building and its contents is set to take place Sept. 15 in Prague.
According to Church representative Francis “Shorty” Novak, who was a lifelong member of the church prior to its closure earlier this year, the auction of the contents is set at 10 a.m., with the real estate going on the block at 11 a.m.
“There’s a couple of lots that are part of the real estate auction, as well as the church itself,” said Novak.
Thus far, Novak said that interest in the building has been minimal.
“We’d had a funeral home looking at it earlier, and a few others, but the maintenance for it is just more than most people can keep up with,” said Novak.
This was, in fact, he said, one of the deciding factors
for the church members to close the church.
“That, and our members
are all getting older, and there aren’t enough of us to keep up with it,” he said. “We hate to see it go, but it’s time.”
While the building itself has not generated as much buzz as Novak might have hoped, some of its contents have seen at least some interest.
“There’s been some interest expressed in the bell, and what it would take to get it down from the tower,” said Novak. “I think there’s also some interest in the pews.
“People will cut those down and shorten them up for use in their homes.”
Other contents expected to bring bids include utensils from the kitchen, the church’s two pianos and its organ.
Welton Auction Inc. is handling the sale.