Hundreds take home a piece of historic Eagle Tower during fundraising auction

FISH CREEK. Wis. Parts of the old Eagle Tower at Peninsula State Park in Door County were repurposed and auctioned off Saturday in Fish Creek. The money raised will go towards building a new one.

Eagle Tower fundraising auction at White Cottage Red Door in Fish Creek

The tower was deconstructed last year after routine inspections found it was no longer safe and repairs wouldn't be enough. The unusable pieces were repurposed into benches, mirrors and artwork.

Saturday’s fundraiser was a partnership between The Eagle Tower Fund Committee, Southwest Florida West and White Cottage Red Door in Fish Creek.

"Everyone just seems to be excited, you can take a piece of the iconic home with you, we have things for sale from the original tower for $5.00 and we have an auction going on that will hopefully raise thousands," said Paula Cummings, Head of Southwest Florida Fest.

Cummings says the Eagle Tower is a meaningful place for her.

"I've been up to Eagle Tower many times and being here in the summers in Fish Creek I was in close proximity and our kids have been on the tower, and our friends have been on the tower, and my parents have been on the tower so it's a big part of our history as well," Cummings added.

Local businesses also donated silent auction items. Leftover wood from the Eagle Tower were cut up and sold during the fundraiser with an option to be branded.

"I had met a couple who bought a piece of wood that got engaged on top of the tower, and so now they're able to bring a piece home with them, and so I think that you know that's just a way for us to hold some of the history," said Rachel Stollenwerk, Campaign Director of the Eagle Tower Fund.

The Eagle Tower Fund has raised $600,000, not including Saturday’s auction. Their goal is $750,000, the same amount the state will match. Stollenwerk says the auction raised an estimated $20,000.

The DNR has released three design options for the building of the new Eagle Tower. They will accept public comments until October 9, 2017.

“Each one comes with lots of pros and cons, so you know the public has an opportunity to read the analysis, provide their input and kind of give us their idea of what they would prefer," Stollenwerk says.

The DNR hopes to finalize concepts in November and break ground next year.