I WAS DOWN IN PHILADELPHIA Sunday, helping my son and his girlfriend tear up floorboards at the 1870s Fishtown row house they bought last June. But first, by way of procrastination, we had to have breakfast and check out the new digs of an architectural salvage company in Northern Liberties called Provenance.
The place is ginormous and most impressive. There’s lots here for fans of the trendy Steampunk/early industrial aesthetic. They have numerous antique flooring options, from maple strips salvaged from a bowling alley to cypress “sink lumber,” i.e. logs that fell off the barge at a bend in the river, and were submerged for years before being brought to the surface and resuscitated, ready for use.
My only disappointment is that prices seem on a par with New York’s. So no bargains for making the trip, but plenty of intriguing inventory.
Vintage pedestal sinks, about $400.
Tall turn-of-the-century corner cupboard in great condition, $800.