18 Houses in the City of Rochester, NY
Summer 2015: June and July were very busy months for us here at HHP. Our staff worked on salvaging 18 vintage City houses here in Rochester, NY which was a stretch for our small team and our warehouse too. Our team was able to go in and remove doors, casings, flooring, hardware, windows, light fixtures, heat grates, and other architectural pieces which we've now moved over to our warehouses. Thes buildings were demolished as part of a development project happening in downtown Rochester. We're always sad to see homes that are in restorable condition demolished, but we are also grateful that the developers had the patience and foresight to allow us to purchase salvage rights and get in there to save what we could. Its a hot, sweaty, dirty job to do in the summer months, and it was a very tight schedule, but we did it.
Some notable items we acquired during this salvage job are an antique oak icebox, many excellent condition unpainted oak interior doors, an elliptical window, many many heat grates which we have sandblasted and are being added to our website shortly.
We welcomed a new staff member, Christopher, in a trial by fire during this project: in an unorthodox move we sent him right out to do salvage work on his first day here. He was a great sport about it and did a really good job. he is now a Hardware Specialist here and if you are calling looking for antique hardware he is probably who you will end up speaking with. He learned more about antique hardware during this salvage job than many people learn in months and he has a great affinity for antique hardware and now much hands-on experience in how things work.
1870 Lake House
Summer 2014: We got a call recently from a family in the Finger Lakes who are trying to put their lives back together after a fire devastated their home in the early days of summer. The fire started on the third floor of their gorgeous lakefront home and quickly spread to the lower floors while volunteer fire departments from several surrounding towns tried to extinguish the flames. The fire had a head start however so the family's home was damaged beyond repair. This gracious estate was once visited by Thomas Edison who, it is said, wired up some of his new electrical lights on a second floor balcony so visitors could enjoy an outdoor wedding at the turn of the last century. The house has fallen victim to the heavy rains we've experienced here in western New York this summer, so much of the woodwork has been badly damaged over the past few months but we are salvaging as much as we can.
1890 Queen Anne
Spring 2013: 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. Our staff was able to salvage many architectural elements from this property including a beautiful quartersawn white oak entrance, including sidelights; a quartersawn white oak paneled staircase, oak and pine flooring, radiators, stained glass, Victorian gingerbread fretwork, many doors, a butler's pantry full of built-in cabinets, and much more. This was a sad situation because we all felt that the house should have been preserved. But, at least these beautiful items will find new homes instead of ending up in landfills.