The Demolition Depot and Irreplaceable Artifacts in Harlem, a modest Harlem tenement building is a unique source of vintage plumbing fixtures, doors, windows, shutters, railings, gates, grills, mantels, stone and terracotta pieces, religious objects and so much more worth millions of dollars.
Evan Blum (above), is the owner of The Demolition Depot and Irreplaceable Artifacts for the last 42 years, who’s done appraisal work for auction houses Sotheby’s and Christie’s as well as the City of New York. Some of his salvage projects have included the Commodore, Biltmore and Vanderbilt Hotels, uptown’s Audubon Ballroom, the Loew’s Delancey Theater, the Helen Hayes Theater, and the New York Life Insurance Building. The fixtures he curates with his fabulous staff are geared towards the re-creation and renovation of period places. You might find a pair of Herter Brother doors that originally came from the Palmer Mansion in Chicago, a German Renaissance fireplace mantel that once belonged to John D. Rockefeller Jr., or a chandelier from Harlem’s Oscar Hammerstein’s office. Preserving our architectural history has led us to reclaim building elements at an unprecedented scale. They have rescued beautifully crafted pieces certain to enhance the style of all new residential and commercial building, restoration, and decorating projects.
“It’s no surprise that they are a frequent stop for movie producers needing specific vintage pieces, like the interior of Baryshnikov’s apartment in Sex and the City, or sets for the CBS Early Show, Good Morning America and The Today Show. They have rented out their entire building for photo shoots for Vogue, New York Magazine and various episodes of Law and Order: Criminal Intent,” Untapped Cities writes.
The most extensive architectural reclamation showrooms in the world are open to the public in Harlem and in Middletown, CT by appointment – see store hours.
The Demolition Depot & Irreplaceable Artifacts, 216 East 125th Street, (between 2nd & 3rd Avenues), New York, NY, 212-860-1138.
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