Reclaim, Restore, and Repurpose: Architectural Junk Becomes Another’s Treasure
Treasure from a bygone age sits in the Deconstruction Inc. warehouse on Madison’s far east side. The growing collection that ranges from 50 to 200 years old has been carefully salvaged, cleaned, and organized, just waiting to be repurposed for a special project and return to usefulness. Homeowners, contractors, developers, and DIYers come from far and wide in a hunt for architectural salvage, reclaimed lumber, and vintage décor in hopes of finding a distinctive architectural element that will find new life to adorn a home, office, or business. Some have searched for years at the bottom of bins and under unorganized piles at flea markets, antique auctions, and architectural salvage yards. Their extreme patience pays off when they discover the mother lode of locally sourced, pre-1940 salvage.