Monthly Archives: November 2013

Troy Cold Storage

Troy Cold Storage Building

Troy, NY

Back before bovine growth hormones and factory chicken farms, dairy products were brought in from family farms and consolidated in places like the Troy Cold Storage building.

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Battery Wharf

Battery Wharf With Boats

Boston, MA ~ 1646

The North Battery of Boston Harbor was built by Major-General John Leverett in 1646 at the bottom of Copp’s Hill at Merry’s Point. We now know the location as Battery Wharf. This battery was built from timbers and filled with earth. A strategic point of defence, it covered both the mouth of the Charles River and the harbor. It was maintained with men and arms until the end of the Revolution.

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Hatfield Tobacco Barn

Hatfield Tobacco Barn

Hatfield, MA

Long ago, in the days before we knew better, tobacco was a principal crop in the Connecticut River Valley.  The rich alluvial soil was ideal, and farmers planted the big leaf from Bennington to Hartford.  Tobacco barns are still a common sight throughout the valley.  Longleaf Lumber recently purchased the wood from several barns in Hatfield, Massachusetts.  One of the barns was very unusual tobacco processing building.  Most tobacco barns were drying sheds consisting of simple frames and barn board, hinged for ventilation.

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Baker’s Chocolate

Baker's Chocolate Building

Milton, MA ~ 1870

The recent sale of the Milton storage house for Baker’s Chocolate, a building on the National Historic Register, resulted in a win-win for the site’s new developer and Longleaf Lumber.

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Danvers State Hospital

Danvers State Hospital

Danvers, MA ~ 1874

One of our most interesting and recent sources of reclaimed wood is the Danvers State Hospital. Construction began on this incredible red brick Victorian Gothic style structure in 1874. Soonafter, in 1878, patients were admitted. Although it was architecturally designed by Boston’s Nathaniel Bradlee, its functional design was informed and inspired by the theories of then-famous and renowned physician Dr. Thomas Story Kirkbride. Kirkbride’s theories on the treatment of the nation’s insane greatly influenced most of the state hospitals built in the mid to late 1800s, which became known as Kirkbride buildings.

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Fore River Bridge

Fore River Bridge

Quincy, MA ~1933

Quincy’s Fore River Bridge was built in 1933 just below the giant Fore River Shipyard.  Thousands of ships have passed under this drawbridge over the past eight decades, including the U.S.S. Wasp and the U.S.S. Massachusetts, both built at the shipyard.  By 2004, the bridge was beyond operational repair and demolition began.  Longleaf Lumber has salvaged the original hemlock pilings which helped support this structure.

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Port Ivory

Ivory Soap

Staten Island, NY

This building was unusually clean when Longleaf Lumber first visited with an environmental consultant. Once the Staten Island manufacturing home of Proctor & Gamble’s Ivory Soap division, the entire structure effervesced hygiene.

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Great Falls Bleachery & Dye Works

Great Falls During Fire

Somersworth, NH ~1823

During the early 1800s, settlers moved north from Dover, New Hampshire, up the Salmon Falls River in search of water power and land. They built gristmills and sawmills along the river as they went.

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Appalachian Chestnut

Chestnut Logs

Longleaf has acquired a large quantity of American Chestnut logs which have been discovered in the deep hollows of the Appalachian Mountains. These logs were part of the old growth forest of chestnut devastated by the blight of the early 20th century.

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Fall River Balloon Factory

Fall River Exterior

Fall River, MA ~1821

Serving many purposes over the years, this building was built in 1821 to house the operations for the Fall River Iron Works, which played an important role in the development of the Fall River textile industry. Located on the shores of Mount Hope Bay near the mouth of the Taunton River, the location proved lucrative, and a steamship pier adjacent to the building provided space for ships to dock and unload.

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Bakerville Mill

Bakerville Mill

Bakerville, CT ~ 1859

The Old Mill of Bakerville, CT, built in 1859 by John Scott Baker, was a three-story building that replaced a tannery on the same site. The mill had hydro powered wooden wheels with metal shafts churning water that streamed from a reservoir above it. These wheels turned belts for machines on the first and second floors that took care of sawing, canning and other needs of the agrarian community surrounding it. The top floor was developed into a dance hall.

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Everett Mills

Lawrence Mill Building

Lawrence, MA ~ 1880

Built in 1880 as a storehouse for nearby Pemberton Mills, partially from timbers salvaged from earlier buildings, this structure is total Americana. The larger Everett Mills building used for production was constructed in 1909, abutting the Pemberton storehouse, bringing the warehouse under the ownership of the connected Everett Mills.

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Charleston Chew

Charleston Chew Interiot

Everett, MA

Longleaf Lumber salvaged Heart Pine beams from this tasty factory, returning them to use as flooring, countertops, and other reclaimed wood products.

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Scott & Williams Knitting Machine Mill

Laconia Scott & Williams Mill

Laconia, NH ~19th Century

The town of Laconia has been visited by outsiders since 1652. Visitors were initially explorers, then settlers, business entrepreneurs, and industrial-age American and immigrant workers. In our time, the area continues to attract visitors, more often in the form of tourists and motorcycle enthusiasts during the well-known annual ‘Bike Week.’

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National Casket Company

National Casket Company

Oneida, NY ~1879

Longleaf Lumber has salvaged flooring and timbers from the old National Casket Company factory in Oneida, New York.  Built in 1879, the company became the second largest coffin and undertaker supply manufacturer in the United States.

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Nonotuck Paper Mills

Nonotuck Paper Mills

Holyoke, MA ~ 1879

Nonotuck Paper was one of the original paper mills constructed in Holyoke, Massachusetts – “Paper City.” The company’s buildings were beautifully built brick and timber affairs with exquisite slate roofs, which never once failed in the 121 years before dismantling began.  Longleaf Lumber has salvaged the original white pine roof decking from beneath the slate.

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A Street Mill

A Street Mill

Fort Point Channel, South Boston, MA

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