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Editors' Picks: Architectural Salvage

All about salvage! Tour three houses in which the owners incorporated architectural salvage; then see a few fun projects, and jump to our comprehensive guide to salvage stores around the country.
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It would be great if we old-house people lived in a world where historic houses still had all of their original features. But let’s face it, things have been lost. The good news: It’s easy now to put back what was there, using authentic reproductions and even architectural antique salvage. Salvage has become a thriving business, with well-organized yards and stores nationwide, run by knowledgeable people. Whether you’re looking for a vintage bathroom sink or an Ionic column to use as interior art, you’ll find it. To inspire you, we’ve rounded up three tours of houses that incorporate salvage, and added a comprehensive guide to salvage stores around the country.

Settled in its new home on a steep Seattle hillside, the 1906 Craftsman looks like it’s always been there.

Settled in its new home on a steep Seattle hillside, the 1906 Craftsman looks like it’s always been there.

Salvage & Renewal in a Seattle Foursquare: Hidden under tacky alterations, a Seattle Foursquare was nearly lost in the neighborhood—until a pair of homeowners recognized its hidden potential and recaptured its charm.


Lauren Parlin chose the vibrant paint colors for her new home and business in Hague, New York

Lauren Parlin chose the vibrant paint colors for her new home and business in Hague, New York.

An Adirondack General Store Becomes Home: Homeowners Lauren and Ken Parlin worked with architect Sandra Vitzthum to revitalize an 1880s storefront in the Adirondacks.


The open dining area centers on a pine farm table from Holland. Chairs are from a 1950s restaurant. The 18' back bar provides storage. Exposed sprinkler pipes and the tin ceiling are intentional period effects.

The open dining area centers on a pine farm table from Holland. Chairs are from a 1950s restaurant. The 18' back bar provides storage. Exposed sprinkler pipes and the tin ceiling are intentional period effects.

Salvage Style in a SoHo Town House: Much of what's in this town house is old, salvaged from demolished houses and the odd cathedral. But the building itself was newly constructed in period style—on a vacant lot in New York City’s SoHo neighborhood.

antique corbels create display shelf

Paired with salvaged fence boards, a pair of antique corbels becomes a display shelf.

Editors' Picks: Architectural Salvage Projects
We’ve rounded up the best architectural salvage projects for our DIY readers.

This exquisitely carved door was salvaged from a building in Turkey.

This exquisitely carved door was salvaged from a building in Turkey. 

How to Shop for Architectural Salvage: The opportunities for acquiring architectural salvage have never been better.

adkins architectural salvage store

A vignette at Adkins Architectural Antiques in Houston.

Where to Shop for Architectural Salvage: Use our comprehensive guide to locate an architectural salvage store near you, or to browse the websites of stores across the country, many of which sell their wares online.

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