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October 14 | 6:30PM to 10:00PM (opening celebration) Additional hours, October 15-18 | 12:00pm to 8:00pm The Foundry, 2234 Westmoreland Street Free and open to the public; pay as you go merchandise Did you know that during DesignPhiladelphia, you can visit a "magical emporium steeped in the atmosphere of Philadelphia's rich architectural legacy and industrial history"? Philadelphia Salvage Co. recently announced the "secret" location of their event as The Foundry, located on Westmoreland (near N. 22nd St. + W. Allegheny Ave).
There you can learn the stories of lost Philadelphia buildings through take-home housewares, furnishings, decorative arts, sculpture, and architectural artifacts designed and fabricated by local artisans out of materials salvaged from Philadelphia's lost buildings. While it's not necessarily "Center City," the property does fit the bill as "lost Philadelphia." The building originally housed the Bureau Brothers' Bronze Foundry and was built in 1880. For DesignPhiladelphia, the Foundry will open its doors to the public with a reception on the 14th. Chris Stock, founder and owner of Philadelphia Salvage Company promises, "displays of cutting edge design, from 100 years ago. Also a live demonstration of a sculptor carving a tree. Our dead tree will be brought to life with a full size carving while the party goes on. We will show and demonstrate innovations that revolutionized design and build when this great city was just booming."
Reclaimed Materials Cannot Be Duplicated Stock currently runs a smaller, but nevertheless extremely popular, architectural salvage & design shop in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia. He tells me "The Foundry is our new 25,000 square foot facility that will house our large format salvaged materials and workshop. It will also house our reclaimed lumber yard." It's a perfect fit for Stock's company, who is, "using amazing, classic elements and materials in modern build-outs of coffee shops, bars, and in residential properties." The look of reclaimed materials, and the energy they carry, he says, "cannot be duplicated." He hopes people who attend the event and visit the Foundry, which will have open hours for the duration of the Festival, will get an eyeopener to a whole world of great materials, innovative design, and how they can be used today. He says, "Top restaurants, designers, and architects can't get enough of our materials."
Knee Deep in Philadelphia History Philadelphia is the perfect backdrop for a the company, who carefully dismantles architectural buildings and elements slated for demolition or renovation, cleans them up, and makes them available for reuse - in their shop and through their design services. Stock says, "the history of Philadelphia is deep. We made most everything at one point and used the best materials to build and design our lives here. Now we save those materials for you and incorporate them into things like furniture and kitchens." To learn more about Philadelphia Salvage Company, visit their website and follow them on Facebook.
DesignPhiladelphia’s 9th Annual Festival, EXPERIENCEdesign! kicks off this year on the evening of October 9th with PopUp Place and festival events running from October 10 through 18. As a signature event of the Center for Architecture, DesignPhiladelphia showcases Philadelphia’s strong design and creative communities through more than 100 exhibitions, workshops, tours, lectures, open studios, and parties that celebrate design’s many dimensions, dynamics, and applications. To give you a sneak peek of things to come, we will be featuring 24 events on our blog; discussing their details and introducing you to the people behind them. Join us on Facebook and Twitter – where you can catch all 2013 Festival announcements and info!