I hadn’t been down to see my friends at Housewerks Salvage since last winter, so when my friend Andrea called to ask if I’d go with her, I jumped at the chance. Housewerks is located in an old Victorian-era pumping station, and is an ideal space for hunting up architectural antiques and salvage.
We stumbled upon stacks of tiles which would make a terrific accent, because there are not enough of any pattern to do an entire floor. I think my favourite ones are still the black and white checks with the waved edges.
Here are some of the pieces we found inside:
Honestly, the best thing at Housewerks is the owner, my dear friend Ben, a.k.a. General Rubric!He’s a font of arcane knowledge and could write a Ph.D. dissertation on the intricacies of the different styles of mouldings used in 18th century townhouses in Philadelphia, or what type of screw early 20th century carpenters used on kitchen cabinetry. Smart as a whip and a great eye for antique salvage pieces. And he can fix just about anything, as evidenced last week by an emergency phone call from Mick Hart, formerly of The Grateful Dead, who needed an instrument repaired between shows in DC and Connecticut. Ben did it!
A visit to Housewerks is a great way to while away an afternoon. You should go!