The Value of a Story
Every architectural piece that is rescued by Southern Accents has a story and a value. The relationship between the value and the story are synonymous with one another, but are inherently different. The "story" tells of past events in the elements life or in other words, it's evolution. After researching the story of an architectural fragment, Southern Accents also asks additional questions such as: the age, the maker, the condition, the rarity, the provenance. Combining the "story" with the researched facts of the architectural remnant, Southern Accents can give a true "value" of the rescued item.
It is exciting for us when all the questions that are asked when finding the value and the story align to produce the highest caliber in recognizing an architectural piece of historical significance. But this past week we obtained a true piece of architectural history from New York City. If you have been by the NYC Grand Central Terminal in the last year, you would have noticed that across the street, at One Vanderbilt Ave., there is a huge demolition / construction project in progress by the developer, SL Green. The project consists of constructing a new tower that will be taller than the Empire State building! Amazing enough in that fact alone, but the history of this monument goes much deeper! As the patriarch of the Vanderbilt family, Cornelius Vanderbilt, was the original developer of this land, where the cast iron lintel that we acquired, embellished a window of this now demolished building. The railroad/shipping tycoon, Mr. Vanderbilt, also is famed for developing the adjacent property - the Grand Central Station and Terminal. Along with all of those interesting facts, this rescued relic also shares the same architect that designed the Grand Central Station, Warren & Wetmore.
As the skyline of Midtown changes, architectural fragments, like this iron lintel, will be one of the only ways our future generations will be able see the sheer power and the bold masculinity of these destroyed historic buildings that once stood on some of the most prominent corners in our nation. The lintel is in mint condition and has aged perfectly with its crackle patina. Measuring 39" wide x 8.25" deep x 20.5" tall, this was one of a few pieces saved off the original building before the demolition was finished. You can view this magnificent piece here in our showroom or take a look at it online. You'll find it listed on our Ironworks page at sa1969.com. We #digmygig saving one historic treasure at a time!
December 13, 2016, Vol. 206
Southern Accents is accepting donations for our non profit organization, SA323. 100% of the funds received go to provide a Christmas gift for a group of around 100 underprivileged children in our community. For some, this may be the only present they receive during the holiday season. Our goal this year is to raise $2,000. Everyone who stops by our showroom and makes a donation of $100 or more will receive one of our custom made Alabama ornaments. These salvage wood ornaments are made especially for us by local artist Leldon Maxcy. We can accept donations in the form of cash, check or credit card. Donations can be mailed to our showroom. Please make checks out to SA323 and include your contact information so that we can send you a receipt for tax purposes.
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