Architectural Details: Salvaged Doors

By October 30, 2012Building Ideas

While rehabilitating an old warehouse in downtown Salt Lake City a few years ago, we came across some unique salvage materials that were just too interesting to ignore.  The contractor on the Westgate Projects, Chris Nielson of Evergreene Construction, uncovered a few different types of doors that have been cleaned up and put to use in current projects.

Metal fire doors:  These heavy metal clad wood doors were once utilized for fire protection in warehouse buildings.  Installed a century ago on openings throughout the warehouse, they were designed to close during a fire with an ingenious fuseable link that would melt and release the door, slamming it shut over the openings.  Here a fire door creates visual interest in a loft-style penthouse and takes up minimal space.

Photo by Sara Bateman

Another pair of fire doors have found a new life retrofitted on sliding barn door hardware for the creative branding firm Welikesmall on Edison Avenue. The heavy doors glide easily on the track to close off the firm’s think tank.

Photo by Sara Bateman

Photo by Sara Bateman

Sectional door: This 10’ x  21’ wooden stile-and-rail door operated as an overhead door with an out-swinging door built in, most likely for receiving large shipments at the warehouse.  It now suggests a clandestine entry on Edison Ave to the creative work behind.

Photo by Sara Bateman

We’ve been pinning a few images from around the web of salvage materials. Visit our Renewables board on Pinterest to see more reclaimed and upcycled pieces.  Let us know of any favorites you’ve found.