LPC’s Architectural Salvage Warehouse to be Auctioned off in 30 Lots

From the Landmarks Preservation Commission:

LPC started an architectural salvage program in 1980 to reuse discarded elements from privately and publicly owned buildings across the city. The salvaged items, including wrought iron fences, grilles, brackets, doors, banisters, windows and decorative elements, as well as more utilitarian items like sinks and bathtubs, were sold to the public at reasonable rates to assist in the restoration and adaptive reuse of historic buildings.

The program, which was run from LPC’s warehouse at 337 Berry St. in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, ended in 2000 because of low sales and staffing and budget constraints. The City has now identified the warehouse as a site for affordable housing, and LPC has been working to empty the building of the unsold architectural elements that remain. LPC reached out to other City agencies and numerous institutions, museums, and non-profits to place the artifacts prior to offering them for auction. This week, an advertisement will appear in the City Record seeking bids for all of the items and notifying prospective buyers that they may inspect them on Wednesday, October 12th from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Friday, October 14th from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., and Monday, October 17 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., prior to submitting closed bids. The items will be sold in 30 lots and proceeds from the sale will go to the City’s general fund.
More information on the items for sale (in PDF)

Posted Under: LPC, The Politics of Preservation


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