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Northwest Iowa Architectural Salvage Company Rescues Vintage Woodwork & Old House Parts


Because the number of family farms has diminished, the number of unoccupied old farm houses has increased. ND MillWerk Salvage and Sales recognized the beauty and durability of vintage woodwork, old hardware, and antique architectural components in many of these deteriorating buildings. Says co-owner Nelda werkmeister, I hate to see anything go to waste.

Through their efforts in Paullina, Iowa, in the heart of the Midwestern Plains, now items like beveled glass doors and colonnade cabinets are saved from destruction and sold for restoration projects, additions to vintage homes, and to folks who want the quality and workmanship of the early 1900s.

Prices of new wood products often stop homeowners from including detailing such as crown molding, picture and chair rail, even a classic staircase or wainscoting. Door and window caps, wide basebaord with decorative corner posts and blocks, as well as hardwood flooring, are just a few of the fine enhancements often found in homes and schools built between 1890 and 1930. Vintage woodwork becomes an affordable alternative to modern construction features.

After obtaining the salvage rights, ND MillWerk Salvage and Sales carefully removes the reusable wood, hardware and other special features. These specials may include built-in hutches, columns, porch posts and ornate heat registers. The treasured antiques are moved to a warehouse in Paullina, Iowa, and sold as is.

Not only are used building materials brought to market, but tons of wood are diverted from landfills to instead extend its presence in architectural history. For more information, check out the company web site at


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