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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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Spotlight On

Sanola  Subway Tile 

 

Spotlight On: Subway Tile

 

To stand up to the dirt and grime of a bustling, growing city, and to beautify the otherwise gloomy subway tunnels, architects George C. Heins and Christopher Grant LaFarge used a glossy white ceramic tile to protect and decorate the walls of the New York City Subway. By the time the subway system opened in 1904, Victorian concerns regarding hygiene and health had already popularized the use of tile in public buildings, private bathrooms, and kitchens. Not only was tile easy to clean, but Heins and LaFarge knew that it would be durable enough to use in the new subway tunnels. They worked with the Grueby Faience Company of Boston and the Rookwood Pottery Company of Cincinnati to create the tiles that still cover the tunnels today.

 

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Before and After

 

Before and After:

 

 

We offer restoration services on antique lighting and hardware. Our services include rewiring, cleaning, polishing, and repair. Learn more about these services and see some examples of our work by clicking the link below.

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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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Xavier Blaine

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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Flushed With Pride

Toilet Talk with Phil

by Phil Plummer

What can we say about the old commode? Is it an acquaintance, friend, or is it something more? Most of the time we take it for granted we stand before or sit upon it giving the handle a pull or push and walk away never really thinking about the marvelous piece of vitreous china we just soiled. There are those times of course where the toilet was our best friend, you know those times when you were glad you just cleaned it as you stared into the not so placid pool in the bottom of the abyss and found comfort in the coolness of the glassy smooth porcelain god. Sorry! I didn’t mean to bring up bad memories. In any case the toilet has served you and I well, it has always been there to attend to us as the need arose. Such has not always been the case prior to the advent of the modern toilet we have come to love and respect there was all manner of contraptions from the bedpan to outhouse from chamber pot to water closet and in biblical times it was an implement and a hole in the ground to name a few.

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