NEW HAVEN - Joe DeRisi of Urban Miners, an architectural salvage store in Hamden, will discuss "the
importance of preserving historic buildings, why many are destroyed,
and how others can be saved, in a free presentation at the historic
Pardee-Morris House" at 2 p.m. June 21, according to a release.
to DeRisi, many old materials are irreplaceable, and should be
“The wood used for framing houses many years ago is considered
furniture-quality now,” he said, in the release.
"He created Urban Miners in 2007 to
salvage building materials and household goods and pass them on to
consumers in order to “repurpose” the materials the buildings were made
from," ... “No historic structure should be demolished
unless the building materials are unrecoverable.”
the difference between deconstructing a historic house (saving more
than 80 percent of it), versus demolishing and throwing it away, is only
a few thousand dollars. In those cases, DeRisi says, deconstruction
should be subsidized. He will cite specific examples, with numbers to
support his argument, and show photos of houses Unban Miners has
deconstructed, and others that weren’t."
holds a master’s degree in resource management as well as a certificate
in deconstruction, and has worked locally as an environmental analyst,
conservationist and former building contractor. He works alongside a
staff of talented others who share a vision for a sustainable future and
a commitment to customer service."
Also in the release:: The Pardee-Morris House is one of the
oldest surviving historic structures in Connecticut, and listed on the
national and state registers of historic places. The original house,
built by Amos Morris circa 1750, was burned by the British during their
raid on New Haven on July 5, 1779, and later rebuilt and expanded by the
Morris family. In 1918, William S. Pardee, a descendant of the Morris
family, willed the property to the New Haven Colony Historical Society,
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