Lumber Reclaimed from Historic Henry Glover House In Detroit

May 21, 2023

Lumber Reclaimed from Historic Henry Glover House In Detroit

The Henry Glover House in Detroit’s Brush Park neighborhood has undergone a remarkable and stunning transformation. Originally built in 1874 by notable Detroiter Henry Glover, the house sits at 229 Edmund, a block east of Woodward Avenue.

Over the years, the house had fallen into such disrepair that it looked like the historic treasure would be lost to demolition. That is, until Doug Quada came along. After acquiring the property in 2017, Doug set off on a determined and visionary path to restore the structure into the magnificent sight that you see today. It is truly one of Detroit’s most inspiring and beautiful restorations.

Today, the Henry Glover House consists of six one-of-kind condominium units, each with soaring ceilings and light-filled spaces. The outstanding craftsmanship and meticulous attention to detail found throughout the project is impressive.

During the renovation, Doug contacted Workshop to see if we were interested in lumber that he had carefully reclaimed and set aside during the rebuilding process. The lumber consisted mostly of structural 2 x 8’s and 2 x 10’s. Of course we were interested, this was old-growth pine from the 1800’s!

We are proud to say that we recently completed our first table from the reclaimed lumber - a custom Lafayette Table and Bench Set that we delivered to a Workshop customer at the Carlton Lofts, just a block away from the Henry Glover House!

This Lafayette Table and Bench Set, as with all Workshop furniture comes with our Workshop Legacy Stamp - a hand-applied stamp that indicates the street address from where the lumber used in the making of the furniture was reclaimed from. Here is our legacy stamp showing 229 Edmund in Detroit - the Henry Glover House.

The Henry Glover House restoration is a once-in-a-lifetime project. We are proud to help broaden its legacy by incorporating lumber from the project into furniture for our customers. The reclaimed structural lumber obtained by Workshop is enough to make several beautiful tables, benches and other pieces. Check back soon for our next upcoming piece that is nearing completion - an extendable Ambassador Table!

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