This week, a team from Habitat for Humanity's ReStore has been salvaging details from a 1928 lakefront home, designed by architect Richard Philipp, for sale in its Milwaukee stores, where, hopefully, the items will find new uses in other buildings and, at the same, will help fund Habitat's mission to build homes in the city.
Much to the dismay of homeowners, rehabbers, and lovers of historical architectural elements and materials, Razed & Found is closing its retail store at 2123 W. Michigan St.
A few years ago I did a story about the great salvage and reuse work being done by WasteCap Resource Solutions, 2123 W. Michigan St., near the Marquette campus. Lately, it's been getting some pretty great items you can buy.
There was a time when removing a building was a dramatic affair: buildings imploded with a boom or were pounded by a wrecking ball. These days, thankfully, there's a growing approach that seeks to keep as much waste out of landfills and reuse and recycle as much material as possible.
I. M. Salvage has, or had, almost everything imaginable from structures built a few months to 140 years ago. For example, street lights, exotic chandeliers and ordinary kitchen lights fill just a few of the different spaces in I. M. Salvage's 30,000-square foot building.