March 5, 2013

Housewerks: Part II

There are just so many fascinating pieces of architectural antiques and architectural salvage, that I had to do two posts just to scratch the surface of the images I shot at Housewerks over the weekend. To me, there’s nothing more entertaining than poking through old things, looking for that certain treasure.

Seriously, I am just mad about Housewerks!

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Perhaps not every single thing they have. For instance, I can’t really see anyplace in my house that I’d want an embalming table!HDW2 (24)

We had a great time speculating about whether this elevator car would be big enough to use for a powder room. And then we decided it would.HWD (3)

David, from McLain-Wiesand and Ben Riddleberger, owner of Housewerks chat about the meaning of lifeHWD (13)

I took loads of pictures of patterns, like these pieces of industrial marking chalk

There are great cogs and wheels everywhere.

I loved this old red-painted table,

and its incredible patina, which came about after years of hard use.

I thought this would look great over a bed, but it’s cast iron and weighs a TON!

These are the backplates for a fireplace, and they help reflect the heat into the room.

Their detail is just beautiful and so intricate.

This is a huge piece of copper fireplace surround and it is just perfection!

I love the old-fashioned dolphins, They have the funniest faces and the most fanciful tails.

If you’re ever in Baltimore, I heartily recommend spending a few hours at Housewerks. It’s such a unique place.


  1. Actually, if the drain were fitted with a removable screen to catch washed-off soil, etc., the embalming sink would probably be wonderful as a potting station in a garden -- although perhaps still a little macabre.

  2. I was thinking the same thing as Cindy...a conversation piece for sure. Love the red table with its years of wear and the copper scroll fireplace surround.

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    Art by Karena

  3. Thanks for reminding me about Housewerks. I cannot wait to go this weekend.

  4. I love all your choices, and am jealous that you can go there so easily.

    Once we went to an antique store converted from a funeral home (in turn converted from an old house). In the basement, among odds and ends, were the original embalming tables, much like the one you show--pretty creepy!

    My favorite today is perhaps the iron pediment--perhaps for a garden?
    --Road to Parnassus

  5. I'm going to have to make the trek from NoVa one day soon. I love poking around Lucketts, Va for the same reason, though the last time I was there they didn't have anything nearly as interesting as Houswerks.

  6. The embalming sink for a garden shed would be heaven, you certianly wouldn't have to tell what it was orignally, make up a story. Wish I lived closer they would get my business. Love all this stuff.


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