A large crystal chandelier that sold to Hudson Valley Live, a new entertainment venue in Newburgh.
Chandeliers, fireplace mantels, large doorways complete with their original doors, grandfather clocks, bathtubs, stained glass windows and full window frames are all part of the offerings at Hudson Valley House Parts in Newburgh — all salvaged pieces of architectural history saved from being thrown away during the processes of remodeling old homes and making them new again.
While Reggie Young, the store’s owner, knows that not everyone wants such pieces, he can’t help but occasionally try to convince some people to keep them.
“Sometimes we beg people not to sell us this stuff,” he said. “I say to people, ‘Please don’t sell this to me. You should not be getting rid of this.’ But it’s the nature of the world, that people want new.”
For those who prefer to outfit their homes with pieces of history, however, Hudson Valley House Parts saves those elements, bringing them to the designers, architects and homeowners who know their worth and how to reconfigure their presence into modern spaces.
It’s nothing like an average antique shop, Young said.
“We specialize in oversized things like 12-foot-tall mansion doors and columns,” he explained. “We have a lot of large-scale stuff, which is very difficult to do because you have to move it, install it, sell it and move it again. It’s difficult to do, but that’s an aspect that we love.”
Young developed his own taste for vintage pieces and got his start in salvaging and restoring historic architecture in a few ways, including growing up on a farm with parents who worked as restorers.
His own first foray into the field was building a restaurant on Manhattan’s 42nd Street in 1979, when he was an architecture student at the Pratt Institute.
“I went to United House Wrecking and bought doors to use to make the paneling for the bar — that was my introduction to salvage,” Young said.
Hudson Valley House Parts specializes in large items, including entire sunrooms. This diamond-pane sunroom found a new home at a camp in the Adirondacks.
After years spent similarly designing and building other restaurants, he spent two decades at his restoration company specializing in brownstone and historic mortar restoration.
“We did projects both in the Hudson Valley — a ton of projects in Hudson before Hudson really ‘happened’ — and then up and down the river until the housing crash, at which point we had to go to Brooklyn because there was nothing happening upstate,” Young said. “We specialized in restoration of brownstones, so that’s kind of my background.”
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