I’ve always wondered if walls really could talk, what my 90-year-old house might have to say.
Over the years we have had to renovate and restore many things in our home. Some projects were not so bad, while others probably left my home wanting to thank me for giving it a makeover.One of those times was when I stripped wallpaper from the half bath. Seven layers later, I could actually pinpoint each decade just from the wallpaper prints. The ’70s look was not a pleasant one.
Fort Wayne’s neighborhoods are filled with historic homes whose walls can tell some interesting stories. And it’s not only the walls, but the items that make a home, well, a home. Staircases that have been walked by generations of residents. Oak entryways or heavy wooden doors that have been entered or exited hundreds of times. Ornate fixtures or handcrafted pieces that have seen special events and family memories.
Chuck Springer makes it his business to know about these items. Inside his business at 1514 St. Joseph Blvd. are hundreds of years of history waiting to be explored and reused again.
Springer and his wife, Lyndsey, own Reclaimed Fort Wayne. It is a new name and new location for what was the Wood Shack, which was founded as an architectural salvage company many years ago. Now the Springers are continuing the saving and preserving of pieces and parts of the past.
Springer says the opportunity to take over the Wood Shack fell into the couple’s lap. He was working full time at a bank and found out that the building that contained the Wood Shack had been bought and there were plans for other uses for the space. The Springers were able to buy the contents inside the Wood Shack and began their own expansion