Historic Wilmington Foundation’s salvage shop to be featured in HGTV show

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A couple searching for the perfect historic home will make a trip to HWF's salvage shop during an upcoming episode of HGTV's 'Hunting Vintage.' Courtesy photos.
A couple searching for the perfect historic home will make a trip to HWF’s salvage shop during an upcoming episode of HGTV’s ‘Hunting Vintage.’ Courtesy photos.

A small but dedicated local preservation group will soon be under a national spotlight.

Historic Wilmington Foundation’s (HWF’s) Legacy Architectural Salvage shop will be featured in an upcoming episode of HGTV’s “Hunting Vintage,” foundation executive director George Edwards said.

Crews with “Hunting Vintage” traveled to Wilmington in early February to film at a local home in the Forest Hills area off Country Club Drive and various locations around town, returning later that month for follow-up shots.

The reality show, which premiered on HGTV in summer 2015, is a spin-off of the network’s wildly popular “House Hunters” that follows “adventurous home seekers” as they look for their ideal historic home, whether it be a sprawling Victorian or charming brownstone.

News of the TV shoot was exciting to Edwards, even before HWF became involved.

“Having a show like this highlights the significant stock of older houses that we have here in Wilmington,” he said in an earlier interview. “A show like this points out that the city has a wealth of resources and opportunities for people to come in and buy an older home.”

The Legacy shop, which sells doors, windows, fixtures and hardware from historic homes, is one such resource, and the company behind the show, Pie Town Productions, quickly expressed interest in what the store had to offer.

“They had already found the house and owners that they want to focus on, but another part of the show would be how you might restore this house,” he recalled.

The salvage store resells charming scrap materials--like these 1950s floor boards from the old Tileston school--that would otherwise end up in the landfill.
The salvage store resells charming scrap materials–like these 1950s floor boards from the old Tileston school–that would otherwise end up in the landfill.

Pie Town contacted Edwards with questions–specifically about what 1950s pieces Legacy had on its shelves. There was no shortage; Edwards said the store was full of cabinets, window treatments, sinks and lighting that would “theoretically work” in a home of that era.

In the locally shot episode, Edwards said the couple on the hunt for a historic house in which to raise their family stops into Legacy Architectural Salvage to do a little shopping and get ideas.

“She wants a large white Colonial that reminds her of the house in the movie ‘Father of the Bride.’ He loves handcrafted architectural details, so he’s hoping to find a Craftsman,” according to the episode description on HGTV’s website. “But they also want a modern, open kitchen and a big backyard for the kids–features that can be hard to find in vintage houses.”

Helping homeowners and contractors alike find the tools they need to implement touches from a variety of time periods is a major mission of the salvage, Edwards said. In addition to providing resources and education through free workshops, the shop also gives HWF a steady source of revenue to continue its preservation efforts.

“We are delighted to work with them,” he said of the film crew. “It puts us out there in another venue. It also lets home owners and contractors who have newer vintage homes know that we are available to help.”

The Wilmington episode of “Hunting Vintage” is the sixth in the show’s first season. It will air at 10 p.m. on Tuesday, July 12 on HGTV and again at 1 a.m. on Wednesday, July 13.

Legacy Architectural Salvage, 1831 B Dawson St. behind Stevens Hardware, is open for shopping and drop off of tax-deductible donations from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday.

Hilary Snow is a reporter at Port City Daily. Reach her at hilary.s@portcitydaily.com.

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