Thursday, April 16, 2009

I think this is cool....

For those who are rebuilding or renovating a historic home, or any home for that matter, this place is phenomenal. Especially if you tend to lean towards arts and crafts style and materials from old bungalow and cottage style homes. All around our city we have so many historic homes that are run-down or uninhabitable, but they still have some parts that can be salvaged and re-used. But, the cost to completely save the home would be so high, that they are usually torn down or sit there rotting while condemned.

Historic Houston is fantastic for a variety of reasons. They have a main mission: preservation of these abandoned homes and revitalization of the community. They do this through a couple of ways. The most advantageous to the home and the ability to restore its historical significance is their Relocation Program. Here is a snippet of information from their website regarding relocation/preservation:

"Our relocation program is designed to return historic homes once slated for demolition into affordable housing for Houston. Through collaboration with neighborhood associations, community and faith-based organizations, city housing departments and private individuals this program offers an economically sound solution for preserving these homes and a wonderful tool for neighborhood revitalization and community development."

I think that is so great. What a wonderful way to save a beautiful piece of our past. With so much of the history this great city has to offer going down the tubes via construction, this is a fantabulous idea.

The second portion of their program is what you, my reader, might find interesting. Their are some homes that simply cannot be relocated. For this reason, the salvage warehouse was created. This is a wholesale warehouse that you can go to and purchase some historical pieces of homes and incorporate into the building/renovating/even decorating of your own home. It is best to make an appointment, as walk-ins cannot be accommodated, but if you want to just swing by during their weekly warehouse hours to take a look-see, you can do so.

I think this is such a genius idea. What a great way to recycle and build. Here is their excerpt regarding salvage versus relocation:

"Only in cases where relocation of the house is not feasible will Historic Houston consider salvage of the historic building materials for our Salvage Program. With an estimated 75 TONS of building materials going into landfills as result of demolition each year, Historic Houston is committed to salvaging and recycling historic building materials as an economical and environmentally sound alternative for restoring older houses while protecting the environment."

So, for all of you who are going green, this is a fantastic way to use recyclable materials, reduce the tonnage of waste in landfills and have a great story behind your home. How can you go wrong?

If you are cool enough and are able to restore and preserve a home, you can apply for a Houston Historic Landmark Preservation Plaque. All of your friends will be jealous. Also, if you purchase a Houston Historic membership (like, $35) you can receive tons of discounts at the warehouse. How sweet is that? I love a good bargain.

Here are some gallery pics of the warehouse:

***all pics on this post including header are courtesy of Historic Houston***



***I would totally use these as hooks or in a shadow box frame***

Window Frames-


Fireplace Mantle-

You can get the contact information Here. They have different locations for salvage, warehouse, membership, etc. You don't have to be a dealer or a member to shop there, but remember, it is in your best interest to make an appointment if you are serious about actual building needs. Otherwise, it will be difficult for them to accommodate.

Location of Salvage Warehouse and hours:

Salvage Warehouse

1307 W. Clay Street
Houston, TX 77019
(713) 522-0540
Wednesday & Saturday
10:00am - 4:00pm

*or by scheduled appointment

Go and shop brilliant consumers!! Report back with your purchases!!!


  1. I wish they would preserve more buildings than they do. I wish people would have been more aware of the importance of historic buildings back when they tore down the old Shamrock Hotel.

  2. Awww, Josh. This makes me so proud to call you my nephew!