Legacy Architectural Salvage
When a building is unable to be saved, Legacy Architectural Salvage steps in to save irreplaceable pieces of our past.
The Historic Wilmington Foundation works every day to keep historic buildings intact and in place. But when a structure is facing demolition, Legacy Architectural Salvage serves as the best-case option in a worst-case scenario.
What’s an architectural salvage store?
The first of its kind in New Hanover County, the Historic Wilmington Foundation created Legacy Architectural Salvage to save “house parts” from going into the landfill and to give them new life. Old doors, windows, trim, flooring, mantels, hardware, plumbing fixtures, period furniture, lighting—all of these items and so many more can be found at an architectural salvage store.
Legacy serves as a resource for contractors, DIY-ers, and treasure hunters! In doing our part to put discarded, pre-1960s pieces back into area homes, we’re helping to preserve and protect the irreplaceable. If character, charm, and history define your style, visit Legacy Architectural Salvage often to check out our ever-changing inventory!
Where does Legacy source the architectural salvage?
Our team of staff and volunteers deconstruct old buildings scheduled for demolition, salvaging wood, doors, windows, siding, and other architectural elements. These materials are then sold (at salvage prices!) to members of our community, who utilize them in restoration and rehabilitation projects. In performing this service, Legacy Architectural Salvage diverts tons of wood from the landfill, and places these salvaged elements right back into area homes, helping to preserve our region’s historic fabric.
How do I donate items?
Donations are tax deductible, and the proceeds from all sales benefits the work of the Historic Wilmington Foundation. From mantles to lighting to cabinets and sinks, if it’s old, chances are good we can add it to our inventory. Accepted donations must be:
– 60+ years old (pre-1960s)
– Building materials/elements and home decor; we do not take clothing
– Accepted at the discretion of Legacy Architectural Salvage
If you have a major salvage donation requiring deconstruction, we may be able to send our volunteer deconstruction team to skillfully remove those materials. Drop off your donation during business hours or arrange for us to pick it up by calling Legacy Architectural Salvage’s Manager, Deb Helms: 910.338.6443.
Volunteer at Legacy
Want to be part of what we do? Become a volunteer! Volunteers who donate 8 hours of their time each month receive 30% off of Legacy Architectural Salvage merchandise.
Workshops at Legacy: Free, Informative, and Fun!
Legacy also hosts free workshops, teaching home repair and maintenance. To view our list of upcoming workshops, click here.
HWF Membership Perks
Special perk for HWF members: 15% off at Legacy Architectural Salvage! (Not yet a member? Click here to join our preservation community!)