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Welcome to Historic Houseparts, where you can find all the parts to make your house a home. Whether you're an architect, designer, contractor, or homeowner, we've got all the parts you'll need to complete your project. We've got a unique selection of both antique and new parts to appeal to every taste and budget.

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Salvage of an 1870 Lake House

An electrical fire recently devastated a beautiful 1870's mansion in the Finger Lakes of New York State. The beautiful home lost most of its roof and subsequent heavy rains damaged much of the gorgeous woodwork. But our crew has been working to try to save as much as possible, and there is still so much beautiful woodwork left

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Salvage of an 1890 Queen Ann

We recently salvaged an 1890 Queen Ann style house in western New York that fell victim to a combination of long-term neglect and disuse as well as owner apathy towards restoration. We always encourage property owners to rethink the decision to demolish a historic home, particularly one with the level of character that this home was graced with. Rarely are we able to change an owner’s mind once they have decided to demolish a property but we do make an effort.

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The "Switch" to LED: Options for Antique Lighting  by Electra Abernathy  

 

Want to save on your energy bills but keep the historic look of your vintage light fixtures?  Decorative LED light bulbs may be just what you need.  You may think of energy-saving bulbs as ugly, but we now offer varieties that look quite similar to incandescent bulbs. 

In recent years, several countries, including the United States, have created new standards regulating the manufacture of incandescent light bulbs.  These standards are intended to phase out the incandescent bulbs that exceed 40 watts, and to encourage the development of more energy-efficient lighting alternatives.  The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 required that light bulbs become increasingly more efficient in the next few years.  Under the law, incandescent bulbs that produce 310–2600 lumens of light are effectively phased out between 2012 and 2014.

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Before and After

Here is one antique light fixture that we recently restored to its original beauty and saved it from a landfill. We repaired bent and broken arms, polished brass, rewired torn and frayed wiring, and added antique glass shades. We offer restoration services on antique stained and leaded glass, hardware, and lighting. We have a full-service restoration facility on-site and our knowledgeable, experienced, and friendly staff can help you figure out the best solution to get your antique items looking like new again. Our available services include:

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Historic Houseparts is your source for architectural salvage and restoration supplies for your old or new house.
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Mortise Lock Straight Talk!

With Xavier Blaine

Oh, the front door…  It is the most evocative feature of every home, a thing of both beauty and security, a silent sentinel of architectural devotion.  Its intricate carvings or stark panels, the comfortably oversized knob and backplate, the swing of the hinges, even the species of wood, all were carefully considered to create that most engaging of thresholds.  In truth, what good would a home even be without a good front door?  And yet the most important feature of every door, its entire raison d’etre, is not even visible, for what good would a front door be without a good lock?

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The Art Brass Company  

299 East 134th Street, New York, NY

The Art Brass Company was based in New York City in the early 1900’s. The company created beautiful solid brass bathroom fixtures that were nickel plated. The fixtures stand the test of time due to their solid brass casting.  Their nickel plating was also much smoother, heavier, and “brighter” than other manufacturers of that time. The company had their items installed into hotels and Government buildings throughout the world. Later on the company was known as San-O-La. The company made every accessory that your early 20th century bathroom could require.  There was an array of soap dishes, glass shelving, towel bars, cup holders, toilet paper holders, and robe hooks in their catalogs.  Today the company is no longer in business.  It is tough to determine an exact date when the company went under, but many suspect it is because of the Great Depression that this company no longer exists today.

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