History

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.

Cathedral of the Holy Cross

Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston - Dismantling the FloorBOSTON, MA ~ 1875

For more than 142 years, the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston’s South End has stood grandly and served its parishioners. Now, after decades of graceful aging, the building is undergoing a crucial renovation. As a part of the project, Longleaf Lumber was able to salvage thousands of feet of gorgeous heart pine flooring.

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The New Neilson Library

Smith College Neilson Library in 2016. Photo courtesy Rebecca Siegel

NORTHAMPTON, MA ~ 1909

The Smith College community is looking forward to the renovated and expanded Neilson Library, which is expected to be complete and open this fall semester. During the renovation process, Longleaf Lumber salvaged Heart Pine beams from the core of the historic 1909 library and will be sharing the history of this beloved structure through recycled and re-milled flooring, paneling, and other millwork.

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Building #1 At The Quincy Shipyard

Fore River Shipyard in Quincy, Massachusetts in 1918

 

QUINCY, MA ~ Early 1900s

At one point the second-largest shipbuilding facility in the United States, the Fore River Shipyard employed tens of thousands of workers, produced hundreds of ships, and may have been the origin of the famous ‘Kilroy Was Here’ tag. In 2017, one of the last original buildings at the yard was demolished, yielding old-growth longleaf pine that will make fantastic flooring, paneling, or tabletops.

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Seattle Art Museum’s Italian Room

Seattle Art Museum Italian Room

In western Washington state, the cold, rainy season is in full swing. The three-hundred year-old reclaimed wood flooring in the Seattle Art Museum’s Italian Room, however, is warm, cozy, and radiant as ever.

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The Mackintosh at the Glasgow School of Art

The Glasgow School of Art Mackintosh Building

They call it “The Mack”. In 2014, Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s architectural masterpiece in Glasgow, Scotland, was badly damaged in a fire. This past year, we’ve been privileged to provide reclaimed Heart Pine beams for the restoration of the building.

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Conway Barn

J&J Maggs Antiques Barn in Conway, Massachusetts

CONWAY, MA ~ 19th Century

The first-ever Massachusetts tornado to be recorded in February destroyed this 19th-century Conway barn. Although most of the barn’s structural timbers were destroyed, we were able to salvage the two-inch thick reclaimed American chestnut decking and structural floor joists. We’re sad that the barn was destroyed but we’re excited that some of its antique wood will be recycled.

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Building #19 Warehouse

Bethlehem Hingham Shipyard in MA

 

HINGHAM, MA ~ 1942

Longleaf Lumber recently reclaimed large Douglas fir timbers from a World War II-era building that played a major role in the U.S. war effort. The structure, which was part of the naval shipyard in Hingham, Massachusetts, was recently razed to make way for a residential development – part of an ongoing revitalization of the old Hingham Navy Yard.

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The Portland Expo

The Portland, Maine Exposition Building

 

PORTLAND, ME ~ 1914

We recently reclaimed hundreds of southern yellow pine wooden bleacher boards from the century-old historic Exposition Building in Portland, Maine.

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109 Lyman Street

109 Lyman Street Holyoke MA
HOLYOKE, MA ~ 1855

Originally settled as an agricultural community, Holyoke, Massachusetts soon became one of New England’s chief centers of industry. As industry developed within the United States and the 1845 railroad expansion brought more travelers through the area, interest developed in the natural formation of the river at Holyoke. With the Connecticut River being the largest in New England and the bend in the river at this location being the site of the largest drop of 57 feet, the potential for a canal system at this site and the water power it could generate became apparent.

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Mass Mills

Massachusetts Mills Apartments, Lowell, MA
LOWELL, MA ~ 1911

The Picker Building was one of the last structures built as part of the Massachusetts Cotton Mills complex in Lowell, Massachusetts – birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution. Today, the Picker Building is one of Lowell’s final mill structures to be renovated for alternate use. The brick walls will soon contain 70 new apartment units for moderate- and low-income families.

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150 State Street

150 State Street, Boston, MA
BOSTON, MA ~ 1899

170 years ago, 150 State Street was waterfront property. The address would have been located on a thriving wharf where sailing ships loaded and unloaded cargo on a long pier and merchants, tradesmen, and shoppers bustled about a lively market. Today, 150 State Street is on solid ground in the middle of Boston’s Financial District. Wood reclaimed from this building is about as ‘Boston’ as it gets.

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The Everett Smith Barn

Everett, PA Salvaged Barn

 

EVERETT, PA ~ 18th-19th Century

Like many barns, this beautiful, utilitarian building was constructed with beams from a still older barn that came before it. Resting on farm land in Everett, Pennsylvania, for well over 100 years, the Smith Barn has now been carefully dismantled and its timbers prepared for re-milling into reclaimed wood flooring.

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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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