Kline's Department Store

Also known as: Ferings Interiors Ltd.
6-10 S. Barstow St., Eau Claire, Wisconsin

A (demolished) fine example of Commercial Period Gothic architecture from the 1920's


NRHP Application Original Photos

Photo by Unknown Photographer c. 1926




"Significance: The former Kline's (National) Department Store (Source B), 6-10 S. Barstow Street, locally significant for its commercial period Gothic architecture, was designed by Charles A. Pear, Architect, who resided in Eau Claire from 1923-1929. Unequalled[sic] by the smaller, less ornate Hobbs Realty Company Building located at 403 S. Barstow Street, the Kline's Department Store is the City's best example of this 1920s style of architecture. Similarities between these buildings include glazed terra cotta tile facing, trefoils, location in the central business district, and the 1926 date of construction. Upper areas of the Kline Building consist of a pent clay tile roof, two slightly projecting pavilions which rise above the roofline to form stepped parapets and trefoils and quatre foils[sic] of overt Gothic detail. The simplicity of the former lower facade displays another characteristic of the commercial period Gothic style. Although altered to some extent, this property continues to be a prominent feature in the City's main commercial district and maintains the majority of its original architectural quality, distinction and significance."

Quotation from the Intensive Survey Form submitted to the NPS in 1984 for inclusion on the NRHP.

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on June 14, 1984
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Architectural style
Late 19th and 20th Century Revival: Late Gothic Revival
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Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction
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Historic function
Current function
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Update Log 

  • July 12, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status, added description, added historic photos