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Complete Building Frame Kit
1880s Railroad Depot From New York’s Finger Lakes
For nearly fifteen years, we’ve been deconstructing buildings in New York State and across New England. During that time, we’ve salvaged materials from thousands of buildings. We’ve completely dismantled hundreds of structures – barns, houses, garages, warehouses and other commercial buildings. We’ve seen a lot of buildings and we’ve diverted many tons of material from landfills.
Our work is often bittersweet. Though we’re passionate about reclaiming materials for future use, our process almost always means the end of a chapter in the life of a building. Though its pieces and parts will share their stories with generations that follow, the building in its totality is forever altered or lost.
Every Building We Dismantle Has A Story
We do our best to capture these stories so they can be shared with our customers and passed along as the building becomes a table or a mantel or flooring or siding, part of a new structure or an accessory for a new project. These stories inspire our work and challenge us to work harder, save more, and preserve each building’s unique history for our collective future.
This Summer the owner of a very special building found our organization. The Canandaigua Freight Depot, built in 1885, has emerged as the coolest building we’d ever encountered. Though the building had been neglected and deterioration had accelerated in recent years, the structure remained largely intact.
Instead of salvaging and selling off the building’s parts, as we’ve done with so many buildings before, we carefully dismantled this one, cataloged its parts, and have now stored the entire structure in its totality. We believe this building is unique, so it deserves a special site and an opportunity for another life as a complete structure.
The story of the Depot begins in 1885 when it was built by the Hudson River Railroad in Canandaigua to serve as a freight depot for the transshipment of grapes. Grapes would be harvested from the lush vineyards along Canandaigua Lake, brought to the village on boats, carried by wagon to the depot and moved across the depot floor to the trains, bound for New York City.
Later, the building became the bustling Outhouse Farm and Home Store and many folks today remember it as a center for agriculture, commerce, and community.
What’s Next for The Depot?
Now that our work is completed, the Depot sits in storage awaiting its next assignment. What will be its future? Will it become a brewery or pub, restaurant or cafe, museum or community destination? Whatever its future, its new inhabitants will have an opportunity to experience and admire Nineteenth Century innovation and architecture. Uniquely crafted wood trusses, with distinguished exterior and interior brackets, and large sliding freight doors will share the stories of the building’s past, while bringing a unique, warm aesthetic that will comfort every person who passes through its doors in the future.
The Depot’s approximate footprint is 40’x150′. We’ve retained its original wood trusses, interior and exterior brackets, original hardware, sliding doors, and many original finishes. Given their age, they’re in extraordinary condition. Restoration will be necessary, but overall the structural components are ready for reconstruction. 75% of the wall structure has also been dismantled and catalogued for easy reassembly.
Our team is available to assist in the reconstruction and we can facilitate transportation to any site in the United States.
You can get additional information and pricing by contacting Michael Gainer at 716-949-0900 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.