Point, click, shut! Camera stores are rapidly fading into obsolescence as smartphones take the place of mass market cameras, film and paid photo processing.
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Each piece of wood Matt and Ben use has a unique history of its own, as do the People they get it from. In their hunt for old houses and barns they often get to experience the rich family histories of their community. They encountered one man who sold them the wood from an old, rundown chicken shack on his property. After getting to know him. Matt and Ben learned that the chicken shack had been built with the wood from a schoolhouse built in the 1890s, of which the property owner’s grandfather was the founder.
In their hunt for good wood, the Hobbs brothers have found many great family stories like this, and by recrafting the wood they find into tables, they are able to connect with those families and continue to tell their story for several more years.
Matt & Ben Hobbs
EPR Retail News | Historic Seattle awarded Starbucks its Best Adaptive Reuse Award for 2015 for its outstanding achievement in bringing the building of the old Packard Showroom back to life
Historic Seattle awarded Starbucks its Best Adaptive Reuse Award for 2015 for its outstanding achievement in bringing the building of the old Packard Showroom back to life.
“Crowds come to the Roastery from all over the world,” Gale said. “To have the Roastery in a historic location – reminiscent of the original Pike Place store – really takes you emotionally to the next level.”
The benefits are many; yet few developers consistently deconstruct. The city is planning to provide training, education and pilot projects to incentivize voluntary deconstruction before making it required. But no date is set for the mandate. Portland’s deconstruction industry has been operating for two decades. Deconstruction needs to be supported not incentivized.
This industrial style pour over stand is a beautiful addition to any coffee lovers brewing ritual. The two cup design allows you to brew more at one time but is balanced allowing for single use as well without fear of tipping. It fits a variety of brewing methods, including the Kalita Wave, V60, Bonmac, and Clever.
The sturdy construction uses iron pipping and sealed reclaimed pine wood allowing for easy cleaning with a warm rag. This design height fits most mugs.
We are a social entrepreneurship that focuses on using materials gathered from illegal dumping sites throughout Detroit. Our city has many problems facing it, and illegal dumping is one that hasn’t seen much action. We comb the city by bike in search of illegal dumping sites.
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Nat Amarteifio is an architectural historian, writer and the former Mayor of Accra, Ghana.
As we continue to tap into natural resources to feed, house, travel, clothe and entertain ourselves, the construction field, such as agriculture, transport and energy, cannot remain unconcerned to such issues. To build differently, several strategies must be used. The reemployment of material is one of them.
THE largest architectural salvage fair in the UK will take place at Fawley Hill on Saturday and Sunday.
Exhibitors from all over the UK and Europe will be at Salvo Fair 2015, selling their wares at the home of Sir William and Lady McAlpine.
There will be a wide range of architectural antiques, reclaimed building materials, garden antiques, decorative antiques and retro, vintage, industrial and upcycled items.
Paul Busby & Jim Savage
Paul told The Observer: “Jim and I rescued the spire in 2011 in a moment of historic architectural empathy and probable financial madness when demolition became inevitable.
“This is a one off item, very rarely available, which hasn’t been cheap to rescue, and will cost a bob or two for us to re-erect for a discerning customer.
“We found lot of the history of the chapel in a time capsule under the foundation stone giving us an insight into life in Edwardian Walsall. We tracked the builders and architects, and the cost of the build which was £3,600.
Black Country chapel spire.
A Levco Builders employee pulls apart interior walls of a home under “deconstruction” in Adams Gulch.
The two-month-long project is being undertaken by Levco Builders. The company specializes in remodels, but owner Joe Levitch said he got into the deconstruction business about three years ago when he was contacted by a representative of the Reuse People of America, an Oakland, Calif.-based nonprofit that operates in 12 states across the country to collect and sell used building materials as well as train people in deconstruction techniques. According to the organization’s website, it has salvaged more than 350,000 tons of building materials. Levitch is now its regional manager for the Boise-Twin Falls area.
Former regional headquarters of the Church of Scientology, Boston’s historic Hooper Mansion. This 1889 brownstone rests in the center of the Back Bay neighborhood and boasts a history worthy of a BBC miniseries.
Floor joists salvaged from the gut-renovation of the Back Bay’s historic Hooper Mansion are being recycled into flooring by Cambridge, MA based reclaimed lumber company Longleaf Lumber.
Built in 1899, shortly after the infill of the Charles River’s back bay, the Hooper Mansion is a well-preserved example of Boston Richardsonian/Chateauesque style. The 19th-century architectural firm Andrews, Jacques & Ratoul designed the building with over 70 distinct windows, making it an unusually elaborate and especially sunlit Back Bay building.
Originally built for Boston Brahmin elites Helen and Robert Hooper, the building changed hands on several occasions: once to Mabel Slater, then to a dining club, a secretarial school, and most recently, to the regional headquarters of the Church of Scientology.
The mansion was recently sold by the Church of Scientology to a residential developer and is now being renovated into residential units. As a part of the work, most of the fir and spruce joists have been removed by contractors and replaced with modern structural components.
“We’ve reclaimed wood from a number of historic Boston residential buildings, including the Amory-Ticknor House,” said Longleaf owner Marc Poirier, “but this building is especially eccentric. The Boston Terrier breed was developed here and a dramatic murder also took place in the home. This wood has a funky history.”
This gorgeous circular wooden bench from design student Louis Lim is made entirely from wood salvaged from NYC locations.
Characterizing it as expressing “a very Italian sense of luxury,” Italian designers Emanuela Garosci and Gabriele Salini have transformed a 17th Century Roman building into a 21st Century boutique hotel—liberally laced with 20th Century modernist furnishings.
ANIAN is a totally off-grid store made almost entirely out of reclaimed materials | Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building
Owners Paul and Nick built the off-grid store by collecting construction waste, discarded goods and reclaimed materials and then took the entire thing off-grid using four 250-watt solar panels.
Heska’s Sugar Shack in Mentone received Redlands Conservancy’s Adaptive Reuse Award. Courtesy Photo
Heska King bought the 1,600-square-foot house in 2004 to adaptively reuse it for her coffee house. Maintaining the original windows, fireplace and much of the original floor plan, King and her husband kept the structure’s historic character, a factor which contributes to the attraction their customers feel toward Sugar Shack.
Products made by E’Yako Green from recycled Jaguar Land Rover billboards include conference bags, shoppers, folders, iPad pouches and pencil cases. The bags are made from a combination of recycled PVC billboards (on the inside) and hessian and ShweShwe on the outside. A variety of ShweShwe colours and patterns are available with different bindings. The focus at E’Yako Green is on developing, sourcing and supplying South African made, mostly eco-friendly, promotional products.
This 1909 postcard image of the former Chambersburg High School shows the original building that is underneath the massive structure at the intersection of Queen and Third streets. (Submitted)
In a visual display to the planning commission, McKissick unveiled reproduction of a post card that showed the original 1909 school that was set back from Queen Street at the time.
Using an aerial photograph, he explained how the building that now fronts Queen Street was erected in 1930 and connecting structures were added in 1958 to complete what now looks like a monolith from the outside, but it actually three separate building phases.
Tidal Vision has launched its introductory line of aquatic leather products – Alaska salmon leather wallets.
“Two billion pounds of seafood byproducts are thrown away each year in Alaska,” said Tidal Vision founder and CEO, Craig Kasberg. “By developing new technologies to upcycle these byproducts, Tidal Vision is looking to add value to sustainable fisheries, reduce waste, and provide quality consumer products such as durable salmon leather wallets and, later, Chitoskin™ textiles.”
courtesy of Black Dog Salvage
“On any given weekend, we get at least a thousand people through the store- which is a lot for us. Our parking lot is full. We’re going to have to expand that a bit. We realize that the television show can’t go on forever and we certainly wouldn’t want to do it forever, but it looks like there will be quite a bit more to come from the feedback we get from the network and from our fans across the country.”
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: DAVID ASHTON: – Demolition of this Eastmoreland house was halted in June 2014 after asbetos was discovered in it. Most of the rest of it was later taken down by hand, a process called deconstruction.
Mayor Charlie Hales and the other council members indicated they want to make deconstruction mandatory and prohibit mechanical demolition once the marketplace can support the influx of salvaged materials.
“The community has shown a strong shared interest in moving in this direction, and the council share that urgency,” Hales said before voting in support of the resolution he introduced.
Architectural designer Lyn Russell and artist Nic Moon worked together on the Cocoon House for the Whole House ReUse project made from the materials of a demolished Christchurch Earthquake home.
They also hold the tissue memory of the original Rimu forests that were harvested to provide Christchurch City with family homes. Having the Buxton family, the original homeowners, step inside The Cocoon, hearing their gratitude and seeing their tears in the Whole House Reuse exhibition was one of the most rewarding experiences I have had as an artist.
The adaptively reused Burlingame Garage in San Diego’s South Park neighborhood kept the main features of the building. Courtesy Photo.
After clean-up of the buildings, renovation started in 2013 and the Headquarters opened 11 months later, at a cost of $43 million, with 25 shops and four big restaurants. General manager Terry Hall of Terramarc Centers pointed out the original windows and doors, refurbished original iron work, refurbished original roof tiles and the building details that many of the tenants embraced, including window bars used in the cell blocks.
Starbucks chose a corner space that had once been a cell block.
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The finished product is a hotel that pays homage to its past while feeling very modern and new. Many of the building’s elaborate architectural details were preserved, as the ornate millwork and tiled floors throughout the interior and the stained glass and cast-iron exterior relief have all been restored.
PHOTO CREDIT Flickr user swanksalot
Dunn, a longtime Hyde Park resident known as the city’s “zero waste man” is preparing a historic streetcar garage and six-acre land at 93rd Street and Drexel Avenue to become the future home to the Creative Reuse Warehouse, an urban farm and commercial kitchen, composting center and a place to take and store the vast shipments of unsellable food products that come through Chicago—what Dunn estimates at 600 tons per day.
She doesn’t just sell everything though. Most of her furniture in her home, she made. One day, she was inspired to make a house out of windows and doors. She uses it for tea parties with her friends and it sits to the side of her house in Mansfield.
Our flags for heroes program is a way for us to give back to those who serve us. A portion of the proceeds from each of our handcrafted, barn wood American flags goes directly back to helping our nation’s heroes.
Each month we will partner with a different organization that directly impacts military veterans, firefighters, and their children.
Our #flagsforheroes can be purchased in our online store or storefront in Springfield, IL.
PHOTO CREDIT: TRIBUNE PHOTO JAIME VALDEZ – An Eastmoreland home on Rural Street was demolished to make way for a new house. Portland neighborhood leaders want the city to tighten rules governing residential demolition and infill projects.
The resolution would establish a program to provide incentives, training and technical assistance to promote voluntary deconstruction as an alternative to the demolition of homes to be replaced with new housing. The request for the program was put together by a Deconstruction Advisory Group within the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability.
Saltwater’s pastry chef Stacy Lauer oversaw the restaurant design. The space was formerly a pizza restaurant; Lauer took out the beams to open up the room and reveal the skylights, and added a wall of built-in shelving for storage and wine display.
All of the building materials were reclaimed, repurposed, and/or sustainable, giving the exterior its unique look.
This handmade cutting board is made from Reclaimed Longleaf Pine, also sometimes known as Antique Pine.
“There aren’t many historic architectural salvage operations in the state,” Edwards said.
A culmination of about 14 months’ worth of planning, the store is being funded with the help of an $11,300 community development grant from the city of Wilmington, and as part of the grant requirements, the foundation’s salvage operation will include an important educational component in the form of workshops and training for young adults in carpentry skills, Edwards said. The workshops, similar to sessions HWF has hosted in the past, will focus on tasks such as window repair and paint preparation for wood surfaces and be held at the new location.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has named Finger Lakes ReUse (ReUse) as a recipient of its 2015 Environmental Champion Award. ReUse was nominated for this award, the highest honor presented to the public by EPA, by Tompkins County Solid Waste Manager Barbara Eckstrom, in recognition of its accomplishments in transforming waste into jobs and job skills training opportunities for the community.
Montgomery’s Webber Building sold for dollar, set for deconstruc – WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.
The Webber Building as it looked on May 5, 2015. (Source: WSFA 12 News)
After the deconstruction, ELSAJA Dexter is planning to try to save portions of the brick walls and is expected to include a plaza and information to recognize the building’s history.
“Because they are the owner of other buildings to be renovated downtown, they have a strong vested interest to carry through on their commitment to manage the deconstruction responsibility and to maximize the amount of salvageable materials from it,” McLeod said.
Historic Kirksville High School still set to be demolished despite community protest : News : HeartlandConnection.com
Codes and Planning has been looking for someone to salvage the building for the past nine years.
“We would love it if someone could come up and say we are going to renovate and use this building, but we have been nine years now waiting for that to happen, and encouraging and going through multiple owners trying to find that person. We haven’t, because the money is at a million dollars plus to bring that property back,” Selby said.
Urban Farmhouse Designs has grown by creating popular furniture pieces from reclaimed wood | News OK
This table at “Urban Farmhouse” in Oklahoma City, OK, is made from reclaimed wood from old train cars, Monday, April 20, 2015. Urban Farmhouse is a growing Oklahoma City business that makes furniture from salvaged vintage wood and artifacts from idled railroad cars, barns and other relics of the past. Photo by Paul Hellstern, The Oklahoman
“It’s kind of a God thing — the wood seems to find me,” Urban Farmhouse co-owner Jason Thomas said.
Over the course of two years, Urban Farmhouse owners Jason and Cherami Thomas have grown the business from the garage of their rented house into 60,000 square feet of showroom and manufacturing space on S Western Avenue. Customers drive from as far away as Texas and New Mexico to purchase rustic-looking tables and chairs Urban Farmhouse has made from reclaimed wood.
(Photo: Photo by Eagle Reclaimed Lumber)
“I really like the history of the structures we take down,” says Watson, who has a degree in agribusiness from MTSU. “Whenever we sell a product, the customer gets a picture of the barn where the wood came from, so they get a little bit of the history.”
Pier A after restoration. Photograph by Edward Hueber/archphoto
“This structure, the oldest functioning pier in New York City, sat vacant and deteriorating for three decades,” said Jay DiLorenzo, President of the Preservation League. “Built in 1886 at the tip of Lower Manhattan, it was once a command center for the bustling harbor traffic on the Hudson River. But its floor plan, based on its original use as administrative offices for government agencies, presented significant challenges for adaptive reuse as a public gathering space. As so much of New York’s maritime heritage is threatened, this rehabilitation demonstrates how the city can both embrace the historic waterfront’s history and give it new life, while preparing for the challenges of a changing coastal environment.”
Architectural gem shines again: See Belluschi house saved from the wrecking ball (photos) | OregonLive.com
For this humble home for the Griffiths, Belluschi applied his signature Northwest modern style, using Douglas fir ceilings that extended beyond the exterior walls to create rain-protecting and shade-producing eaves. The plan, which was published in Life Magazine, could expand from one room to four as a family grew, and be built for around $7,000.
The couple lived in the rectilinear home with a sloped roof on Pine Valley Road for more than a half century. When Arthur sold the property after Lucy died, Tim Mather of MCM Construction dismantled it into 2,000 pieces, which he numbered and measured, and then moved the house to save it from being demolished.
33 acres and 20 historic buildings up for redevelopment at Fort Vancouver – Portland Business Journal
A historic picture of a 1905 barracks building at Fort Vancouver, which is up for redevelopment.
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
The Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, across the river from Portland, is a unique 200-acre cultural site in the Northwest with ties to the earliest days of settlement in the Oregon Territory. Since 2012, it’s also owned about 33 acres of former Department of Defense land that the National Park Service is now looking to redevelop into a “dynamic, sustainable public service campus.”
Vintage teardrop trailer meets handcrafted steampunk design Steampunk Teardrop Trailer Dave Moult Exterior – Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building
Dave Moult, of the UK, enjoys taking the old and making it new. Yet, he eschews modern design and instead opts for timeless 19th century ideas through his work. Moult invests many hours in his creations, including the rehabilitation of an old teardrop trailer.
Many of the details of the trailer’s interior have been crafted by hand. The original chandelier piece is born of a vintage tea pot and copper pipes. The illusion of a library is devised by using a clever wallpaper and much of the interior incorporates found wood, leather, and various metals. All of the leather present in the trailer is from an old couch which the designer purchased for the equivalent of $22.
(Photo: Richard Montgomery)
Why does adaptive reuse attract investors? Investors and operators have several motives for jumping in. The primary motive is profit and gain. The idea of recycling, preservation or history is additional motivation. Another driver may be your creative side emerging and visualizing the project as a learning experience or adding another arrow to the business knowledge quiver. Regardless of the driver, determining profitably is the single most important factor.
To many, Detroit is defined by decaying, derelict homes. The city aims to raze a majority of the over 70,000 forsaken properties. (Photo: Danielle Walquist Lynch/flickr)
Bloomberg also crunches numbers to share some staggering statistics: given that the average home and basement produces 400 tons of debris when razed, all of Detroit’s derelict properties combined would yield around 28 million tons of demolition waste. That’s enough to fill 280 of America’s largest aircraft carriers.
Spearheaded by the administration of newly instated Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, the pilot deconstruction program will take place in southwest Detroit’s historic Corktown neighborhood with several local deconstruction firms vying for the job. The winning bid will be announced early this summer.
She lived in Atlanta at a time when urban
revitalization became something of a movement there, fueled by things like adaptive reuse of existing buildings. And that’s something that also fascinates her about Memphis, where she believes her design talent could be particularly useful in a city that’s becoming increasingly comfortable with its architectural and design character.
He’s come full circle with his business, which produces customized furniture made of reclaimed materials in an old elevator factory on East 36th Street. Not only is he finding new uses for goods that would have been thrown away, but he’s revitalizing Cleveland’s manufacturing past.
All Rustbelt Reclamation furniture is made by a crew of about 20 people right in Cleveland. And many of the pieces are created with floorboards harvested from now-closed factories where people who helped build the city, the region and the country once stood and worked.
“Wow, all of that was going to be in the landfill, and now it’s not.'”
The former Green Hotel, on Cooper Street in Woodbury, on Friday, April 24, 2015. (Staff photo by Jason Laday)
“The process has already begun, demolishing the building,” said Camden Diocese spokesman Peter Feuerherd on Friday.
The city planning and zoning board in August 2014 voted 6-1 to approve the demolition, over the protests of the members of Woodbury’s Historic Preservation Commission.
The building once known as the Green Castle Hotel, originally built in 1881 and turned into apartments in 1920, has been the subject of debate between Holy Angels Parish and preservation advocates for years.