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.