Meanwhile at Greensaw

Kitchen cabinets
While the masons and the spray foam insulation guys have been doing their thing at the buildings, Greensaw has been busy making kitchen cabinets.

These are the lower cabinets. They have black walnut frames with an infill made from sanded palette wood. Behind the palettes is a material painted various colors that will be revealed as the the wood expands and contracts with temperature changes.

Cool, huh? The kitchens are going to be amazing, I can’t wait to see them.

And we have a roof

Framed in Roof
Framed in Roof - Photo by Marsha Martin of Greensaw
A new roof has been framed in.

Much of the rough framing has been completed. It is amazing to walk through doorways and see exactly where each room will be.

After Thanksgiving there will be major milestones like new windows and doors and a completed roof.

Soon, for the first time in who knows how many years, 204 and 206 East Girard Ave will be dry inside after it rains.

More framing pics: Continue reading “And we have a roof”

Here We Go!

Brick Slide
Brick Slide
With our building permits coming through last week, construction officially started Monday! It is so exciting to see things starting to happen.

First up is structural deconstruction. There are a few brick walls in shaky shape that need to be replaced, so they are coming down. Everything will be taken to Revolution Recovery after a short ride down the brick slide.

While waiting for the building permits to come through, I’ve been learning about the materials we will be using including: 100% reclaimed interior doors, 100% reclaimed flooring materials, 90% reclaimed framing materials and 100% recycled drywall. We will be reusing what we can from the building itself and getting other materials via the Resource Exchange.

Marsha from Greensaw sent me this info on The Resource Exchange.

The Resource Exchange, is a nonprofit reuse center and workshop space dedicated to promoting creative reuse, recycling, and resource conservation by diverting valuable materials from the waste stream and redirecting them to artists, builders, educators and the general public. The organization’s first program, reSETS, targeted waste materials specifically generated from the entertainment industry. Since the program’s inception, approximately 30 tons of lumber, scenery, and set decoration destined for landfill was salvaged for reuse, and over 600 tons of additional material, previously considered “waste”, was recycled.

The organization has diverted valuable material from many local productions, including: Law Abiding Citizen, The Last Airbender, The Walnut Street Theatre main stage, The Dark Fields, Garza, television series pilots and studio productions.


I love how so many pieces of Philly will all come together to create these renovated buildings. After it is done these building will contain a million stories.