When asked where he sources the architectural salvage and antiques that fill the two floors of his enormous shop, Hudson Valley House Parts, (and a 2,000-square-foot warehouse as well) in Newburgh, owner Reggie Young tells a story.
In April, he received a call from Medline, a medical supply manufacturer that was building a distribution center in Montgomery. The Medline representative asked if Young was interested in salvaging what he could from a circa 1800 Federal house before it was torn down in three days’ time. No problem for Young: He mobilized a team and went to work. He removed an entire staircase from the house, which a client carted away on a flatbed truck. Young brought a bevy of historic items back to the shop, including seven entire window trim sets, many doors, various bits of cabinetry, and the original Federal entranceway with sidelights.
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Who wants all this stuff? “My primary customers are architects, designers, and builders,” says Young. But there’s also a burning desire for authentic hardware among laypeople. “People want something that’s reclaimed, that doesn’t come in five miles of bubble wrap,” says Young. “People, young people especially, want a more sustainable life. They want the patina of a life lived in their homes.”
Since opening his Broadway storefront two years ago, Young has been stuffing Hudson Valley House Parts to the rafters with patina. In early November, some of the items available included a practically mint nine-foot-long chestnut dining room table ($950), a nine-by-eight-foot stained glass window ($8,500), an antique wrought iron garden bench with scrolling arms ($550), in addition to thousands of items from your restoration fever dreams.