architectural salvage

What is architectural salvage?

Architectural salvage, the reclamation or reuse of architectural materials, is gaining popularity as a creative and profitable market.  Products are most often salvaged elements from buildings slated for demolition, including homes, churches and commercial properties. Salvaged materials may range from aged barn wood flooring, furniture, doors, and marble fireplaces to claw foot tubs, ornate radiators and handcrafted decorative hardware.

Architectural salvage is not only a unique commercial venture, but a wonderful way to protect Pennsylvania's rich tangible history. The salvage and reuse of building materials helps to preserve historic and antique fixtures, furniture, and building materials, prevents more waste from entering landfills, reduces the consumption of new resources, and opens up new markets and job opportunities.

The reuse of building materials is one of many steps that can be taken to reduce the impact of buildings in Philadelphia. To learn more about green building concepts and practices, click here.

Below is a list of businesses that buy or sell architectural salvaged materials in Philadelphia and throughout Pennsylvania.

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PHILADELPHIA

Provenance Architecturals (www.phillyprovenance.com) has an architectural salvage store called Provenance, which includes salvaged items from the historic Divine Lorraine Hotel among other Philadelphia landmarks. Located at 912 Canal St. Philadelphia, PA 19123. Phone: 215.236.6677.

Architectural Antiques Exchange (www.architecturalantiques.com) boasts an extensive inventory of artifacts from the 1700's to 1930s from Europe and the metropolitan northeast. 715 N. Second Street Philadelphia, PA 19123. Phone: 215.922.3669.

Found Matter (www.foundmatter.com) specializes in the reuse of distinctive building materials and creates original, handcrafted furniture using old-growth, re-harvested wood. Located at 1320 N. Fifth Street Philadelphia, PA 19122 (by appointment only). Phone: 215.701.3949 or 1.866.76-FOUND.

John Dorety Antiques (www.johndorety.com) sells architectural antiques and manufactures custom pieces such as doors, mantels, columns, corbels, trim and more.
9th and South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147 Phone: 215.625.2728.

Kevin Brooks Salvage LLC (www.kevinbrookssalvage.com) is a full service materials management company that develops innovative and cost-saving opportunities to remove and reuse discarded materials. 1320 N. Fifth Street Philadelphia, PA 19122. Phone: 215.848.5029.

Recycle Shack Reclaiming & Recycling Building Materials & Architectural Antiques Deconstruction Services. 814 Second Ave. Royersford, PA 19468. Phone: 610.948.2939.

ReStore (www.re-store-online.com) is a Philadelphia-based architectural salvage clearinghouse. They buy, sell, and offer deconstruction services and design consultations. Located at 3016 East Thompson Street Philadelphia, PA 19134. Phone: 215.634.3474.

Second Chance Inc. (www.secondchanceinc.org) works with local and regional architects, builders and contractors to search out old buildings which are entering the demolition phase and removing usable architectural elements. Second Chance also works with low income residents to train them in a wide variety of skill sets, ranging from carpentry to craftsmanship. The organization is based in Baltimore, but opening retail locations and a training facility in Philadelphia by Fall, 2007. Phone: 410.385.1101.

The Warehouse at Urban Artifacts (www.urbanartifactsonline.com) 2702 Roberts Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144. Phone: 215.951.9343.

Urban Artifacts 4700 Wissahickon Ave Ste 111 Philadelphia, PA 19144. Phone: 215.844.8330.

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PENNSYLVANIA

Aged Woods (www.agedwoods.com) specializes in flooring that is precision-milled from old, destined-for-the-dump barn wood. 2331 East Market Street Ste 6 York, PA 17402. Phone: 800.233.9307.

Antique Woods and Colonial Restoration (www.vintagewoods.com) reclaims hard woods from barn structures that are 100-200 years old. They offer design and consulting services and well as dismantling, reconstruction and renovation.

Architectural Emporium (www.architectural-emporium.com) restores unique architectural antiques and lighting. Located at 207 Adams Avenue Canonsburg, PA 15317. Phone: 724.746.4301.

Artefact Architectural Antiques (www.artefactantiques.com) is a large antiques retailer in Bucks County, PA. Located on Route 263, 1/4 mile south of Route 313. P.O. Box 495 Furlong PA 18925. Phone: 215.794.8790.

Barnwood Connection (www.barnwoodconnection.com) 91 Bull Road
Barto, PA 19504. Phone: 610.845.3101.

Benedict Antique Lumber & Stone (www.benedictbarns.com) is a small company that reclaims lumber and hand-hewn beams from 18th and 19th century barns. The recovered wood and timber frame are then used to remodel or build elegant new homes or offices. RR 2 Box 208 AB New Milford, PA 18834. Phone: 570.465.7878.

Conklin's Authentic Antique Barnwood (www.conklinsbarnwood.com) salvage and recycle aged barn wood. All products are recycled or reclaimed from old structures. Please call for an appointment. RR 1 Box 70 Susquehanna, PA 18847. Phone: 570.465.3832.

Construction Junction (www.constructionjunction.org) is a non-profit, building material reuse retailer in Pittsburgh. 214 N Lexington Street Pittsburgh, PA 15208. Phone: 412.243.5025

Fitly Joined and Built In, Inc. Restoration and sales of 18th and early 19th century log and stone buildings, including all related materials. P.O. Box 10 Dilliner, PA 15327. Phone: 724.943.4347

Frank's Demolition Salvage (www.demolition-salvage.com) specializes in demolition salvage of architectural antiques. Woodlyn, PA. Phone: 610.833.2167.

Historic York's Architectural Warehouse (www.historicyork.org) boasts close to 10,000 square feet of salvaged and new architectural items for sale to the public. 465 Prospect Street York, PA 17405. Phone: 717.854.7152.

Olde Good Things (www.oldegoodthings.com) salvages antique and architectural artifacts from many turn-of-the century and pre-war buildings slated for demolition. Location at 400 Gilligan Street Scranton, PA 18508. Phone: 570-341-7668.

Second Renaissance Architectural Elements. 1025 Wilson Avenue. Chambersburg, PA 17201. Phone: 717.261.5708

Sylvan Brandt (www.sylvanbrandt.com) collects and sells antique flooring and lumber from historic homes and barns in Lancaster County. 651 East Main Street Lititz, Pennsylvania 17543. Phone: 717.626.4520.

The Woods Company (www.thewoodscompany.com) is a lumber and woodworking company that specializes in recycling and remilling antique lumber. 610-B 5th Avenue Chambersburg, PA 17201. Phone: 717.263.6524

Wood Natural Restorations (www.woodnatural.com) specializes in reclaiming and restoring antique lumber, architectural elements and vintage building materials from old timber frame barns, houses, and log cabins of the Pennsylvania German ('Dutch') region. 3038 Woodlane Ave Orefield, PA 18069. Phone: 610.395.64.51

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DIRECTORIES

Architectural Salvage Exchange (www.salvageweb.com) is an open online exchange for salvaged architectural treasures with thousands of sale postings, architectural salvage news, and business directories.

Architectural Salvage Directory (www.architecturalsalvagedirectory.com) is a book guide to architectural antiques and antique lumber companies, compiled by the publishers of Architectural Salvage News. May be purchased online. $19.99.

Building Materials Reuse Association (www.buildingreuse.org/directory/pennsylvania) lists businesses across Pennsylvania selling used or recycled materials such as antique fixtures and aged barn woods. 545 Ridge Avenue State College, PA 16803. Phone: 800.990.2672.

Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia (www.preservationalliance.com) promotes the appreciation, protection, and revitalization of the Philadelphia region's historic buildings, communities, and landscapes. The organization has an online regional restoration directory that includes architectural salvage listings.

Preservation Directory (www.preservationdirectory.com)is an online resource for historic preservation, building restoration and cultural resource management in the United States & Canada. The site has an online directory for preservation related businesses, products and services.