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Johnlodge
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Post Number: 5528
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Sunday, March 09, 2008 - 2:45 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Just visited for the first time today. They save historical architectural elements from ending up in landfills. You can browse of what is currently in stock on their website.

http://www.aswdetroit.org/

The guy there was really nice. I bought an old hand-held pump fire extinguisher that was in beautiful shape, made in Detroit, complete with its mounting bracket. Once I start remodeling my hallway, I'm going to pick up some solid wood 5-panel doors from there. My doors are not solid panel, and I can see through the paint that the plywood panels have cracks.
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Johnlodge
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Post Number: 5533
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Posted on Monday, March 10, 2008 - 8:12 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)




Here's the item I picked up.




Here's an old ad for it.

Check this place out, it is non-profit, provides an important community service, and is a great place to pick up all sorts of local historical architectural elements. Sometimes they even have clawfoot tubs.
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Burnsie
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Post Number: 1309
Registered: 11-2003
Posted on Monday, March 10, 2008 - 9:05 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I wonder how much of the stuff was stripped illegally from the buildings...probably at least some of it, even if they say it was all obtained through proper channels.
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Wally
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Post Number: 384
Registered: 12-2003
Posted on Monday, March 10, 2008 - 9:23 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

This organization does the salvage work themselves. They'll carefully deconstruct a house instead of the usual demolition. It takes longer, but up to 80% or so of a house or building can be recycled in this manner. I doubt anything they have was obtained illegally. Check out their web site, it seems like a great organization.
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Wood
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Post Number: 24
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Posted on Monday, March 10, 2008 - 9:30 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

spoke to a guy there once who told me the city does not allow them to salvage anything from houses being demolished by the city---it all goes to the landfill. I seem to recall him telling me they have to go to other towns to get the materials they sell. I found this sad---Detroit should have the best architectural salvage warehouse in the country. the one we have is nice and I certainly respect what they're doing, but it doesn't even compare to ones I've seen in other cities. I have struggled for years to even understand the city's logic on this, but then again, I often struggle with the city's logic on almost everything.
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Johnlodge
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Post Number: 5534
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Posted on Monday, March 10, 2008 - 11:02 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

What does not come from their deconstruction is donated to them by construction companies doing demo or renovations. They don't purchase items that people bring in (that may have been stolen). I asked some careful questions when I was there, because I shared Burnsie's concerns.

I don't think they've been around too long, hopefully they will continue to grow. But even now there are two stories of a warehouse full of items.
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Rel
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Post Number: 359
Registered: 02-2008
Posted on Monday, March 10, 2008 - 11:18 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Johnlodge, thanks for a good thread. ASWD is a great organization and I hope more people learn about them.
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Defendbrooklyn
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Post Number: 758
Registered: 11-2005
Posted on Monday, March 10, 2008 - 11:33 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Very cool site...I have sink that i just took out of my kitchen that is selling for $350.00
Craigslist here i come.
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6nois
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Post Number: 669
Registered: 11-2006
Posted on Monday, March 10, 2008 - 11:43 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Really great organization I took a tour last semester. Its a shame the city is so stingy on salvage from demos. I would like to see neighborhood organizations use the city demo lists to harvest salvage from buildings to be demoed in their neighborhoods for future use within the neighborhood. That way some pieces of the past can remain with in the area.
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Detroithabitater
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Post Number: 125
Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Monday, March 10, 2008 - 2:38 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Not trying to bag on ASWD, but it seems like they are off to a good start. But they could use to be a tad more selective in what they take in.

If you want high end stuff that has been restored, try www.materialsunlimited.com in yipsi

If you like a good halfway between the two, try my favorite at Toledo Architectural Artifacts Inc. or http://www.coolstuffiscool.com
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Soomka1
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Post Number: 83
Registered: 02-2007
Posted on Tuesday, March 11, 2008 - 9:57 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The city should have let them do the Tiger Stadium salvage. They would have done a much better job than the hacks that were in charge.
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Barnesfoto
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Post Number: 4840
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Tuesday, March 11, 2008 - 10:13 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

good people. If you have a house that you want torn down, these people will do it for a nominal fee, but because they are non-profit, the entire cost becomes a tax deduction.
I wish they had come 15 years earlier...I gave them some of the leftovers from my last restoration.
Materials Unlimited has nicer stuff, sure, but the prices are double.

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