How rare it is to come across a building as such as this in Wilmette, Illinois. Located on a prime piece of property on Lake Michigan, this historic home was slated for demolition as once again the property and location out valued the home.
We fell in love with the wonderful limestone that framed out the entrance. Limestone is known for its durability, strength and its wonderful texture which seems to improve with age. There’s really nothing like it! As we hate to see anything end up in a landfill and are always seeking a challenge, the decision was made to save these one of kind pieces.
The salvage required a little planning. How exactly does one remove eight limestone (2080kg/m3) columns, each one weighing over 1100 pounds each and bring them safely back to Minnesota? Salvage expert, Andy Swingley said “No problem”...he was pretty excited about this one. Armed with angle grinders, chisels and generators and the aid of a 5,000 lb. extendable boom lift the columns where removed in less than four days.