Featuring articles and posts regarding historic and reclaimed wood projects Longleaf Lumber has been a part of. Learn about the historic buildings and locations from which Longleaf has had the pleasure of salvaging lumber.

Pepperell Mills

Pepperell Mills Postcard

Biddeford, ME ~ 1851

The stately Pepperell Mill campus in Biddeford, Maine was once a bustling manufacturing complex producing linens, blankets, and towels. Today, the mills have been renovated to make room for apartments, businesses, and a community events space. Longleaf Lumber was lucky to reclaimed Heart Pine beams from the demolition and renovation activities at this Southern Maine landmark.

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474 Beacon Street

474 Beacon Street in Boston, MA

Boston, MA ~ 1891

Historic 474 Beacon Street has played host to high society Brahmin parties, oral surgery, and today, luxury apartments for the modern Bostonian. It’s also our latest source of reclaimed wooden joists, sawn from a surprising and unusual species of tree.

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Boston Rubber Shoe Company

37 Washington Street, Melrose

Melrose, MA ~ 1900

The Boston Rubber Shoe Company once churned tens of thousands of shoes per day out of its Melrose and Malden factories. Today, the dilapidated buildings are being renovated and repurposed for housing. During the reconstruction project, Longleaf was lucky to reclaim some of the finest Heart Pine beams we’ve sawn since the 1990s.

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Christina’s World

Olson House Tim Mena Photographer


CUSHING, ME ~ Mid-18th Century

Immortalized on canvas by Andrew Wyeth, this Maine home is the final destination for equally historic wood Longleaf Lumber reclaimed and milled from a Beacon Hill, Boston home.

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49 Mt. Vernon Street

49 Mount Vernon Street, Boston, MA

Boston, MA ~ 1803

Longleaf Lumber reclaimed old growth white pine boards and beams from this historic Beacon Hill home. Dating to 1803, 49 Mt. Vernon Street is a magnificent building that was once home to one of the Commonwealth’s most influential magistrates.

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New Braintree Barn

Dismantling New Braintree McKay Road Barn

New Braintree, MA ~ 1910

What a big, beautiful building it was. This barn was built in the dead center of Massachusetts, in one of the Commonwealth’s prettiest small towns: New Braintree. The woods we’ve reclaimed from this barn complement perfectly the character of this small, bucolic village.

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The Junction Shops

Reclaimed Wood at the Junction Shops

Worcester, MA ~ 1878-1886

Sourced from the heart of Worcester’s historic Junction Shop Manufacturing District, reclaimed Heart Pine wood salvaged from these buildings is steeped in Massachusetts’ industrial history.

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The Hooper Mansion

448 Beacon Street in Boston, MA

Boston, MA ~ 1889

This week, Longleaf recovered several trailerloads of reclaimed wood salvaged from the former regional headquarters of the Church of Scientology, Boston’s historic Hooper Mansion. This 1889 brownstone rests in the center of the Back Bay neighborhood and boasts a history worthy of a BBC miniseries.

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38 South Russell Street

38 South Russell Street in Boston

Boston, MA ~ 1899

This towering Beacon Hill residence yielded four complete stories of softwood floor joists. Lumber from the building was carefully saved during this gut-rehab project and will be recycled into flooring, tabletops, and wall paneling.

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The Elizabeth Mill

Elizabeth Mill in Warwick, Rhode Island

Warwick, RI ~ 1875

The old-growth Heart Pine timbers used to frame Warwick’s Elizabeth Mill building have been carefully removed from the demolition rubble and salvaged for resaw into flooring by Longleaf Lumber.

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Ponemah Mills

Ponemah Mills

Taftville, CT ~ 1866

Renovations of Taftville’s historic Ponemah Mills yielded jaw-dropping reclaimed American chestnut beams. Longleaf Lumber salvaged and recycled the hand-hewn timbers into flooring, paneling, and other reclaimed wood millwork products.

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New Enterprise Grist Mill


New Enterprise Grist Mill

New Enterprise, PA ~ 19th Century

This 19th century Pennsylvania grist mill yielded thousands of board feet of reclaimed white oak lumber.

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St. Mary of the Assumption

St. Mary of the Assumption Church

Dedham, MA ~ 1880

In a delicate salvage operation, Longleaf Lumber reclaimed hundreds of ash wood church pews from the basement of St. Mary of the Assumption church in Dedham, MA.

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Amory-Ticknor House

Amory-Ticknor House

Boston, MA ~ 1804

Situated directly across from the golden dome of the Massachusetts State House, this historic Beacon Hill structure yielded thick and heavy eastern white pine interior sheathing boards.

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The Abbot Mill

Abbot Mill Andover

Andover, MA ~ 19th Century

First built out in 1807, Andover’s Abbot Mill site was originally a woolen mill operated by brothers Abel and Pasehel Abbot. Since then, the site and buildings have played host to a number of manufacturing and industrial uses.

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Baker Extract Company

One Extract Place Demolition

Springfield, MA ~ 1917

Now an open-air parking lot, 1 Extract Place was one of the only structures built on this Springfield dead-end street.

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17 Bond Street

17 Bond Street in Boston

Boston, MA ~ 1850

One of our smallest ever sources of reclaimed wood, this 2,184 square foot end-row brownstone sits between Hanson and Milford Street in Boston’s South End neighborhood.

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9 Milford Street

9 Milford Street in Boston

Boston, MA ~ c. 1870

Boasting over 4,100 square feet of floor space, this South End Boston residence was chock-full of reclaimed wood framing material.

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148 West Concord Street

148 West Concord in Boston

Boston, MA ~ 1899

Containing five floors of softwood joists, Boston’s 148 West Concord Street was a prolific and hyper-local source of reclaimed wood.

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45-47 Bacon Street

45-47 Bacon Street Demolition

Watertown, MA ~ 1925

Nestled in a quiet residential neighborhood above the slow-moving Charles River, this industrial building was demolished in the fall of 2014, yielding a small lot of tight-grained Heart Pine structural timbers.

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Graves Island Light Station

Graves Island Light Station

Boston Harbor, MA ~ 1903

Our reclaimed oak flooring was just installed at the most wildly inaccessible jobsite we’ve ever visited. It’s also one of the most beautiful.

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Atlas Terminal Warehouse

Atlas Terminal Warehouse in Providence Rhode Island

Providence, RI ~ 1913

Built in 1913 to serve the port of Providence, the Atlas Terminal warehouse was razed in 2013-2014, yielding top-notch reclaimed Heart Pine timbers and decking.

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Terminal Storage Warehouse

Terminal Storage Warehouse

Boston, MA ~ c. 1915

Located between residential Charlestown and Boston Harbor, 2013 renovations of the 111,720 square foot Terminal Storage Warehouse yielded thousands of feet of reclaimed old-growth Heart Pine decking.

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Jordan Marsh Stables

Jordan Marsh Stables on Harrison Avenue in Boston, Massachusetts.

Boston, MA ~ c. 1913

Built to stable the New England institution Jordan Marsh & Company’s horses, this ornate Harrison Avenue brick building was home to five stories of working industrial stables, complete with ramps, troughs, and horse showers.

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One Hanson Street

1 Hanson Street in the South End of Boston Massachusetts

South End, Boston, MA ~ 1893

A classic South End brownstone, One Hanson Street was a tremendous source of reclaimed wood floor joists.  The building, which rests at the end of a row of connecting wood frame and brick façade residences, abuts one of the Hanson Street alleys between Tremont and Bond streets.  Our best guess suggests the 4,410 square foot building was constructed sometime before 1893, along with other similar homes on the street.  Today, the four-story home is being gut-rehabbed into apartments.

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