“We receive donations and salvaged materials all the time so there’s always something new and intriguing to see,” says Nick Barbee, manager of the warehouse. “One man brought us an entire trailer of gingerbread decoration from a Victorian house on Avenue P and, just this week, a man brought in two matching chandeliers,” he adds. The warehouse is open on Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. They do have expanded hours during summer months. GHF does pickups in Galveston, nearby towns, and in Houston. All proceeds from the warehouse help support Galveston Historical Foundation’s efforts for preservation and conservation.
ANTIQUE WAREHOUSE Stepping into Antique Warehouse is a walk on the surreal side of salvage. It’s a Mad Hatter’s tea party with antiques, oddities, architectural salvage, and the kinds of tiny items that you need if you are restoring an old house – just the right three- by threeinch medallion or a claw foot for a sofa. Revolving fans on the 20-foot ceiling keep air moving through row after row of stock. We found a pair of majestic columns from the Harry Rice estate, a seahorse birdbath, a French hand-painted bed from a Galveston estate, mirrors, old bricks and plaster department store legs for showcasing shoes.
ABOVE: At GHF’s Architectural Salvage Warehouse we found (1) architectural spindles from 19th century Galveston homes, (2) shutters, (3) locally sourced stained glass, (4) a prayer rail from Annunciation Catholic Church, (5) grand doors from a commercial building on The Strand, and (6) a 19th century steamer trunk, part of a larger donation from a family who traced the trunk’s provenance back to their grandparents. BELOW LEFT: House vents like these are used for raised cottages to catch those cool Gulf breezes. BELOW RIGHT: Salvaged columns.
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