Spent a day in Philly yesterday. First stop was Provenance, an architectural salvage company in the Northern Liberties section of Philadelphia.
The light inside the place was beautiful. A huge, dirty, cold warehouse with a southern exposure, it's packed with beautiful, old treasures scavenged from historic structures slated for demise. Thanks to people like these, some enchanting architectural elements will live to see another day--maybe another life completely. As we looked around, it was quiet, seemingly out of respect for the objects--as doors and stained glass windows, hinges, tiles and vintage bottles, door knobs and locks whispered their stories.
And then, in a ray of sunlight, was this beauty. I don't know who it's creator is, probably one of the guys who runs the place, but it was a perfectly lit, beautifully executed example of the goodness that is recombinant vintage salvage, and it looked completely at home in that strange warehouse.
If you're in Philly, go check them out.