The HPC runs an architectural salvage program, storing and making available to Mountain Lakes homeowners many irreplaceable details of Hapgood or Belhall homes that are removed from homes that are to be demolished or undergoing renovation. These pieces are made available to owners of historic houses. Typically the parts include: doors and windows; door and window hardware and trim; chestnut moulding (including box beams, paneling, and base moulding); flooring, (parquet and strip); and stair risers, treads and handrails. Cast iron radiators and mantles are sometimes available.
Individual homeowners who are renovating their home and find an extra door or two can call to have the HPC pick up the items and bring them to the storage container that is located behind the Department of Public Works. Access to the 320 square foot container, either to donate or pick up material, needs to be arranged through Alex Gotthelf (973-794-6677). Please do not contact the DPW directly and never simply leave anything at the trailer. A donation to the HPC is requested when an item is removed from the container.
When many items are to be salvaged from a home, the HPC forms a group of volunteers from the community and physically pries up floors, cuts away stairs and removes door from their hinges. The HPC is very grateful to the contractors who have allowed for the salvage of important architectural parts from houses to be demolished.