The San Francisco Armory Sells off Inventory

After a recent plan to develop the San Francisco Armory into a nightclub fell through, the new owners are selling off the building's contents that have accumulated over the last 40 years. The sale, which began on Friday, features a wide variety of objects, from antique furniture to historical photographs. The sale is being held at Drill Court, the building's former boxing venue, and will continue until Monday.

The Armory was constructed in 1914 as a staging point and storage facility for the National Guard. With its distinctive clinker brick exterior and Moorish Revival design, the building became one of the best-known landmarks in San Francisco's Mission District. Over the years, the building had been the home of the Coastal Artillery, the California Naval Militia and the Signal Corps. The Armory also served as a sports venue for many years, hosting various prizefights and bouts.

The historic building has been something of a cursed location for businesses since it was decommissioned in 1976. Various film studios used the massive indoor space for shooting movies; however, the building continued to deteriorate. In February, British company Soho House purchased the Armory for $65 million. They are reportedly planning to open an exclusive member's only club on the property and are selling off the building's old equipment and furnishings to make way for their new establishment.

Items up for auction include a wide variety of furniture, including several pianos, antique beds and antique kitchen fixtures. The sale also includes a full silver service, antique desks and large panel TVs. More practical items like air conditioning units and air compressors will also be on the auctioneer's block, while visitors can also bid on the venue's collection of costumes and holiday decorations. The auction also features some unusual items like a Victorian-era gynecological examination chair and a giant hamster wheel big enough to hold a human.