Earthwise Architectural Salvage, a Seattle-based company that specializes in the reclamation of historic building materials, announced Friday it has expanded to Tacoma.
“Our flagship store in Seattle was getting more inquiries from architects, contractors and homeowners that live in both Pierce and Thurston County, so we knew the demand was there for our services and we responded by opening our second location in Tacoma,” said owner Kurt Petrauskas. “Given the city’s commitment to historic preservation and with buildings that date back to the 1870s, there is a culture in Tacoma that values maintaining and repurposing architectural buildings and its various elements. We want to be a local resource for buying and selling salvaged building materials and architectural items given the large stock of existing homes and a growing trend among Tacoma and Pierce County homeowners to remodel, which is both highly cost effective and better for the environment.”
The Tacoma store is located at 628 East 60th St., housed within the Hillsdale lumber and sawmill on the city’s eastside. On any given day, Earthwise carries a wealth of small to large items from brass doorknobs to gently used kitchen cabinets and hard to find reclaimed beams. The store also carries basic building materials such as doors, plumbing fixtures and lighting. Visitors to the store represent a cross section of the area’s residents and include homeowners, DIYers, contractors, architects, interior designers, artists, carpenters, and set designers.
Earthwise Architectural Salvage / Tacoma plans to host a community open house later this year. For more information, call (253) 476-7837 or visit earthwise-salvage.com or facebook.com/EarthwiseSalvage.