WHAT'S OLD IS NEW AGAIN
LEGACY VINTAGE BUILDING MATERIALS AND ANTIQUES
You know that old saying “They don’t make ‘em like they used to”? It’s true, and it’s what makes Legacy Vintage Building Materials and Antiques in Cobourg, Ontario such an incredible place. Technically, Legacy’s business is around architectural salvage, but if you have ever been there, you will know that it is so much more than that.
On a cold and windy March day, we had the pleasure of visiting Legacy, where we chatted with the owner Sven, and his colleague Nathaniel, and then got down to the task at hand – exploring, discovering, admiring, and dreaming our way through all 10,000 square feet of the reclaimed CPR Freight Shed (think giant barn) that is home to Legacy.
Originally from Cobourg, Sven Kraumanis practiced law in the United States for many years before returning home. He opened Legacy in Cobourg in 1998, motivated by the need to create a sustainable business that redirected building materials away from landfills. Legacy would also pay homage to Sven’s love of vintage and antique building materials that were meticulously crafted with attention to detail, high-quality materials and a strong sense of design not commonly seen in modern building and manufacturing.
The results of his vision, coupled with the keen style sense of partner Christine Jenkinson, has resulted in a finely curated treasure trove of reclaimed, salvaged and otherwise saved historical architectural building materials and antiques.
We spent a couple of hours at Legacy, oohing and ahhing our way through room after room, poking about in corners and in lofts, frequently calling out to each other from deep with the bowels of the building “Hey! Come look at this!” “Hey – check THIS out!” as we discovered yet another new, old, find.
A long time was spent admiring the walls of antique door bells, knobs, pulls, casters, locks, wall hooks and cabinet and door hinges, some of which were hand-forged as far back as the early 1700s.
Many more minutes were spent craning our necks to look upwards at the
hundreds of incredible lighting fixtures – chandeliers, art deco and arts and crafts wall sconces, gooseneck lamps, industrial and mid-century pendants, flush and semi-flush ceiling mounts, glass globes and shades - in all shapes and sizes and colours.
We admired beautiful wood inlayed bathroom cabinets, and wrought iron wash stands, and antique sink faucets and shower heads. We drooled over incredible fireplace mantels that had been painstakingly removed and saved from historical homes before they were demolished
We saw pot bellied woodstoves, intricate wrought iron fencing, stained glass, wagon wheels, stair spindles and handrails, and giant, solid, antique windows and doors.
The most fun was in coming across those unexpected finds though….the wooden bathtub, the 1963 Triumph Bonneville motorcycle, the sailing dinghy, the ice chest.
She later caught me outside, relaxing in a sea of cast iron bathtubs. That was before she decided she needed an old lobster trap (because doesn’t everyone need one?), which Nathaniel very kindly helped her put into her car.
At one point I snaked my way around various items, and rounded a corner to find Sara, pretending she was a Viking and wielding a BIG broad axe.
When you visit Legacy, you will likely find something that you never knew you needed. That is part of the joy of rediscovering, recreating or rejuvenating a little piece of finely crafted history, and it is what Legacy Vintage is all about.
Legacy Vintage Building Materials and Antiques