Okay, How About the Wilshire Village Apartments for Salvage?

The nonprofit Historic Houston Salvage Warehouse sure would like some of them nice materials that went into the Wilshire Village Apartments. But no dice:

“All efforts to contact owner have been a dead end,” founder Lynn Edmundson writes:

If anyone knows or can get in contact with the owners…my crew could start immediately!!!

Hey, that would be great — because there’s apparently a Komatsu excavator hanging out in the parking lot on Dunlavy, looking for some action.

More from Edmundson:


It may be too late…..with the backhoe there….but there is rain expected the next few days and that may delay the demolition (as the large equipment gets bogged down and stuck in the mud on the site when there is a lot of rain) . . .

Historic Houston is always saddened to see part of Houston’s early architectural history demolished. While I understand the economics involved that drive redevelopment….I don’t understand the concept of just ‘throwing it all away’ . . .

Over the past few months we have had numerous people stop by the warehouse who have been in those apartments….and all of them talked about the beautiful hardwood floors! What a waste to not reclaim those…..along with the fabulous metal casement windows, glass blocks and brick….to reduce the amount of waste that the demolition of those apartments is going to produce.

With the current economic downturn, many of the non-profit organizations are really struggling ..including Historic Houston. What will be simply thrown away…..would help Historic Houston just keep our doors opened. Since Ike and now with the downturn in the economy a lot more people are renovating rather than building new. As a result HH Salvage Warehouse is extremely low on flooring inventory…and that is what keeps our program operating and our doors opened. The charitable contribution for the donation of the materials should not be over looked either and could certainly help offset some of the property owners demolition costs ….while the materials reclaimed could benefit the larger community throughout Houston and far beyond….including Galveston where there is an incredible need for reclaimed historic building materials to help that region rebuild.

Photo: Jim Parsons, from GHPA’s Houston Deco

6 Comment

  • Call Nancy Sarnoff and find out how she gets in touch with unfortunately named Mr. Dilick.

  • When my house is sold as a tear-down, I will retain the salvage rights and donate to Lynn’s Historic Houston. My 3,400 sq. ft. of hardwood will kill.

  • I would like to buy a piece of Wilshire Village to remember it by.

  • I suspect Mr. Dilick does not want to help support an organization that might actually be able to stop him next time.

    It would be sort of feeding the hand that might bite you.

  • we donated our hurricane-ravaged bungalow to Historic Houston and cannot say enough good things! It makes me sick to see old structures simply demolished, when all it takes is a phone call to Historic Houston and they take care of the rest. The salvaged material of Wilshire Village is probably worth a HUGE tax deduction!

  • So frustrating! Dirty, deteriorated, whatever – that is still a LOT of material headed for a landfill when many people are waiting at the fences for a chance to deconstruct that property and repurpose some of those items. Here’s a tip demo dudes – you pay by the ton to dump it – why not lighten your load???????