Legacy Architectural Salvage

Welcome to Legacy Architectural Salvage, a project of Historic Wilmington Foundation!

At LAS you’re likely to find doors, windows, door knobs, fireplace mantels, newel posts, finials, sinks and more…but because the inventory comes in solely through donations, you’ll want to visit regularly to know what’s in-house that week.  We welcome historic architectural element donations c.1960 and older. Donations to Legacy Architectural Salvage are tax-deductible!  Call 910.444.1751 to arrange drop off of donations.

Hours: Wednesday 9:00AM-1:00PM*, Saturdays 9:00AM-1:00PM *
and by appointment: 910.444.1751.  Closed during most holiday weekends.  We will be closed December 23.

Where: 1831-B Dawson Street
(behind Stevens Hardware, near Checkers) Please park along the right (east) side of building, go through the gates & LAS is on the left.


Legacy Architectural Salvage in the News:   

Wrightsville Beach Magazine,    Focus on the Coast,     Wilma


 Second Saturday Workshops 

Legacy Architectural Salvage offers free adult demonstration workshops on the second Saturday of each month, September through May.  They begin at 9:30am, last approximately 1- 1.5 hours and are conducted by our Legacy Artists in Residence Deborah Helms and Karly Dahlin.  Ask about workshop materials available for purchase at Legacy with discounts for workshop attendees.  Upcoming workshops include:

Oct 14—Distressed wall rack with hooks

Nov 11—Holiday sign from reclaimed wood

Dec 9—Jewelry display/organizer from spindles

We will demonstrate how to transform reclaimed wood, vintage spindles and salvaged hardware into an organizer and display piece for your jewelry.  On the day of the workshop, project materials will be available to workshop attendees at a discount.

Jan 13—Bench from salvaged wood

  Holiday Market

Our Holiday Market, held November 25, was a great success and a lot of fun!!  Look for our next public market in the spring – Spring Fling!


LAS Artist in Residence Program

To promote re-purposing and re-use of salvaged materials, Legacy Architectural Salvage introduced the Artist in Residency Program that encourages artists to create pieces using Legacy’s salvaged materials. Legacy artists use salvage, such as wood, hardware and other items, to create unique art that inspires others to re-imagine, re-use and re-purpose. Legacy Artists are provided a work space within the warehouse and encouraged to take risks and pursue projects that highlight the salvaged items donated from the Cape Fear Region. Their creations are offered for sale in Legacy.

Karly Dahlin and Deborah Helms are the 2017 Legacy Artists in Residence. Karly and Deborah represent two generations of artists from different disciplines linked by their shared vison for historical preservation, sustainable living and creating art and useful items with salvaged materials.

Karly Dahlin

Karly Dahlin is the Legacy Student Artist in Residence and is enrolled in the Sustainability Technologies Program at Cape Fear Community College. Her course work focuses on sustainability, renewable energy and green building science. Karly combines her knowledge of sustainable technologies and uses salvaged materials to create original pieces that inspire others to re-use and re-purpose salvaged materials into other useful items. She uses historic woodworking techniques and is a proponent of hand tools and natural finishes. Karly also leads a committee that set up a network of recycling bins on the college campus and plans to present the program to the CFCC Board of Trustees.

Deborah Helms

Deborah Helms is an assemblage and found object artist working in the Wilmington area for over 20 years. She uses architectural salvage to create assemblage jewelry and assemblage collage art.  Assemblage is an artistic form created on a defined substrate with three-dimensional elements.  The architectural salvage found at Legacy provides infinite inspiration for Deborah. Her business, Ruby Grace Vintage, was born out of her passion to re-use, re-purpose and re-imagine common architectural elements into one of a kind jewelry and art pieces. The Artist in Residence program at Legacy gives Deborah the opportunity to create in an environment that provides her with inspiration and material for her art projects.

Karly and Deborah are instructors in the free Second Saturday workshops held at Legacy Architectural Salvage from September through May.  Past workshops have included creating assemblage jewelry from salvaged hardware & chandelier crystals and using everyday tools like drills to create boxes out of local salvaged wood.

By giving artists a venue to showcase their work, the public a chance to learn from these talented people and us all a new way help the environment and re-purpose these elements of our past, the Legacy Architectural Salvage Artist in Residence program is a win for the community!


Wood Window Repair Workshop

As a part of Historic Wilmington Foundation’s National Preservation Month celebration, Legacy Architectural Salvage hosted the return of the very popular Wood Window Repair Workshop on May 20.  Thank you Lucy Pittman and Christopher Yermal for leading the workshop!

Of Interest for those considering the pros and cons of using old windows:

New Study Shows 200-Year-Old Restored Windows as Good as New…read more.


Volunteer at Legacy Architectural Salvage!

Volunteer at the store or behind the scenes.  Email salvage@historicwilmington.org to find out more today! We have a good time at Legacy, and just 4-5 hours per month is all it takes to support the operation.


  • The Legacy Architectural Salvage (LAS) is open Wednesdays and  Saturdays from 9:00AM-1:00PM, except on holiday weekends, & also open by appointment.  Call 910.444.1751 to schedule an appointment.  
  • LAS is CLOSED Memorial Day (May 27); Labor Day (September 2); Christmas (December 23); New Year’s (December 30).  

Inventory changes regularly.

Here’s a sample of what you might find when you visit:  

Interested in purchasing a salvage item or donating an item? Contact Us Today!

Email: Architectural Salvage
Address: 1831-B Dawson Street (at the rear of Stevens Hardware Co. in Wilmington)
Telephone:  910.444.1751
Fax: 910.762.1551