A new architectural salvage shop
, Urban Remains
, has opened in Chicago.
Featured in Time Out Chicago
this week, the business is new but the owner has 11 years experience salvaging.
The shop is in a converted bottling factory and according to TOC is full of "fascinating finds", including prints of the owners' photography.
The inventory is made up of salvage staples such as: period hardware, millwork, light fixtures, stained glass, ironwork and tile.
An intriguing part of the website is the "Recent Salvages" section
, made up of photos and details from Urban Remains projects. This information is what makes the salvage business so interesting - the origins of the pieces. We really like the online visual record.
The photo to the left is from the Cook County Hospital salvage. Others include a Chicago brownstone mansion, a county courthouse in Joliet and the Hotel Dana.
In addtion to being a resource for purchasing salvaged items, Urban Remains does restoration work and analysis of architectural pieces for "period appropriateness", history and value. Repairs of antique locks is also listed as a speciality.