Urban Remains

Urban Remains

Janel Laban
Aug 16, 2006

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.

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