In September 2013, Wolfgang Rosenau made a wish to a dying friend and fellow auctioneer, Al Schrager. He promised to help find a suitable new owner for his beloved auction gallery, located across the street from Sherman Park. I admired the fact that years later, Rosenau was still working to fulfill his pledge, speaking to anyone who’d listen about the possibility of housing a nonprofit at the old auction house on Sherman Boulevard.
Though I’d never met an auctioneer before I imagine they’re all a bit like Rosenau: a history buff, well read, well spoken and just a tad eccentric. Rosenau helped me take the story from the 1920s, when the building was constructed as a church, through the 80s, when Schrager bought and turned the structure into an auction gallery known for its fine wares. The building still sits vacant today.Did you like this story? Subscribe to NNS today.