Hard to believe that this marks the beginning of my 10th year of blogging! And as I say every year, blogging has literally been life-changing. The people I’ve met, the experiences I’ve had, the things that I’ve learned and shared are all such a part of my life now. Although I’ve slowed down a bit, and after more than 2,337 posts, I think I am entitled! This is my philosophy for the coming year!
One of the first local posts I wrote was about my friends at Housewerks Salvage. All these years later, it continues to be a treasure trove of amazing pieces. I got a call the other afternoon, telling me that through a series of events, Housewerks had just acquired some pieces from the British Embassy, just 40 miles down the road in Washington, DC. I couldn’t wait to see these exceptional pieces, so met up with two of my besties and went down to check them out.
Before we even got inside, there were some great things to see. Housewerks recently deconstructed an old church, and there were plenty of artifacts around the property.
Once we went inside, it was like an Aladdin’s cave! We came to see the pieces from the British Embassy, including these weighty iron fire-backs with the insignia of George V, who was king at the time the embassy was constructed in the 1920s.
English architect Sir Edwin Landweer Lutyens designed the embassy, and it is the only building he did in America. Sometime during a 20th-century renovation, these pieces were removed, and Housewerks was able to acquire them. Eight fireplace surrounds came to Housewerks in dozens of pieces, and through investigating a series of marks on their reverse, the crew was able to re-assemble them.
The provenance on these pieces is, as is most everything at Housewerks, impeccable.
Here are some of the other fun architectural artifacts I saw at Housewerks.
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