Wednesday, 14 June 2017

A salvager’s decades-long dream to build a museum of architectural artifacts

Larry Giles, a salvager from St. Louis has spent the last four decades, searching, stripping and saving architectural history in his hometown. When Larry hears of a demolition or redevelopment he’s right there to remove any priceless artifacts to preserve them for future generations to enjoy. Now after storing nearly everything within 1,600 wooden crates in a steel framed building he wants to open a museum to honour the history that he has rescued.

“I just love old buildings,” Giles said. “It’s a big collection, without a doubt, the largest that I’m aware of, and the idea was to develop it as a comprehensive study collection. The idea has grown into a collection of pieces from all over the country. The history here is a national history.”



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