The graffiti-covered doors at 4300 Harrisburg are rolling up for customers Sunday as Historic Houston volunteers roll out an inventory of salvaged sustainable building materials.
The warehouse opens 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., "this one day only," Lynn Edmundson, Historic Houston Salvage Warehouse founder and executive director, says.
"We had a warehouse (unanimously) donated to us last fall to help us get our deconstruction program started and to store the materials we have reclaimed. There is no electricity or water, so no bathrooms, so we can't open it to the public on a regular basis."
Sunday's event will include such essential building items as siding, flooring, windows and doors, lighting and plumbing fixtures and more. The accumulation is the result of Salvage Warehouse's crews deconstructing houses since mid-October last year.
"There is no electricity or water, so no bathrooms, so we can't open it to the public on a regular basis."
Edmundson emphasizes the site is not the permanent location for the salvage warehouse. "We just have not found the right location yet. We hope to very soon," he says.
Salvage Warehouse first opened in September 2003 under the direction of Edmundson. During the course of almost a decade, she and Historic Houston saved tons of building elements from the landfill by instead selling the salvaged goods to architects, designers, artists, homebuilders and property owners.
Historic Houston announced last summer a campaign toward a new facility for reclaimed building materials. Interested donors can become members of Historic Houston (an individual membership starts at $40) or contribute to the cause (the first level begins at $100).
For more information on the Historic Houston Salvage Warehouse, visit historichouston.org.