The Burma Collection

ReHouse recently headed to Vermont on a mission to reclaim some unusual architectural items; materials not usually found in Rochester or Vermont: antique teak crafted in Burma over a century ago.  The Vermont homeowners traveled to Burma years ago, fell in love with the wood work there, and purchased a houseful of incredible pieces.  They have chosen to move on from their teak, and now ReHouse holds the collection for another homeowner to fall in love with.


At a single glance, you must admit that these pieces are special. Now look even closer…

The panes in the divided light windows are arranged in patterns that move away from ordinary and toward intriguing. They are symmetrical but not in the way most of our stock is uniformly arranged in plain squares or occasionally diamonds.  These arrangements really get the left brain thinking.

Take a look at the glass itself.  The juxtaposition of clear, patterned, stained, and even patterned stained is an unexpected delight to viewers.  The stained glass forms a vivid palette of easy to work with hues and intricate textures.

The patterned glass adds texture as well as history to each piece it adorns.  Three different patterns are present in this collection. The first two feature tiled floral motifs, very traditional Burmese patterns.

The third offers the viewer a lesson in local Burmese history.  From 1824-1948 Burma was under British rule.  This is illustrated in the beautifully detailed glass which appears in several colors throughout the collection.  In this example you can see the Tudor Rose of England, the Thistle of Scotland, and the Shamrock of Ireland intricately woven together.

These three botanicals have been used together as the symbol of the United Kingdom since 1800.  In the  mid-1800s the symbols were carved together on the gate pillar of Buckingham Palace and can be found on other buildings, flags, heraldic images, and currency.  Through this glass we can believe that this tradition obviously influenced artists in the far reaching territories as well as the homeland.


The workmanship is present in the detailed woodcraft as well.  These are not mass produced pieces that never deviate from the master plan.  Each is made with love and care and expertise.  The joints are crafted with precision using wood pegs and mortise joints.  The wood between the panes of glass are also not universal.  Some are rounded, some come to a point, and some have a more complicated profile.  Even the repairs are done in a way that shows the woodworker’s dedication to the preservation and love of the original work.

Pairs of tall doors are prevalent in this collection.  With or without glass, these intricately constructed double doors would have been used for interior passageways.  Can you imagine having such beautiful doors leading to your bedroom or master bath?  These make other French doors look so…normal.

Make sure you take a drive over to ReHouse soon to check out this amazing collection before it disappears. Give yourself time to look closely at each piece. You are sure to see and feel the stories they hold.


A Philly Story: Narberth Church

In March of this year, Restore of Philadelphia salvaged this vacant church which had been the oldest house of worship in that borough until the new owner decided to replace it with apartments.  ReHouse has now acquired some of the unique architectural details that formerly called this church home.  Here is the story.
image source: Google Street View
The Baptist Church of the Evangel, was the oldest house of worship in the Philadelphia borough of Narberth.  Building for the church began in 1891 and was completed the next year.  This is the original structure.
Image source: S. F. Hotchkin, Rural Pennsylvania in the Vicinity of Philadelphia (Philadelphia, George W. Jacobs & Co., 1897), p. 55; collection of the Lower Merion Historical Society
The church building was enlarged in 1924 to its final size.  An article from the Our Town paper of Narberth, PA on January 28, 1928 offers the following view of the beautiful grey stone building.  You can read the entire 34th anniversary article HERE.
In an effort to save as much history as possible, Restore of Philadelphia was able to salvage what they could before the building came down.  Their original blog post is still available HERE.
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image source: Restore of Philadelphia
They removed the “enormous pair of doors that entered the congregation room.  Each door is 33″ wide and with the pair together in the frame, the overall width is 6′ and the height is 93″.  Each door is 3 full inches thick with massive hinges.  The jamb frame was buried in the floor about 5 or 6 inches to stabilize the pair.  Gorgeous, massive, impressive, functional, endless possibilities.  Trim for the door stopped at wainscoting on the other side and was inside the tile on this face side.  All parts that can make it work again are here and ready to reinstall.”  $3880.


Other doors from the church include some interesting sizes and hardware.  These 6 panel saloon style doors are from bathroom stalls.  They measure 33″ wide and only 66.5″ high.  They include decorative handles, side stoppers, and swinging hinges.  We received 3 of the 4 that were removed.

33w x 66.5h. #91844. $245each.

Next we have some 5 panel doors in the same dark finish solid pine.  The church originally had 26 of these doors throughout and in varying conditions.  We have at least 4 with the natural wood finish as shown and several that have been painted on one or both sides.  One has 2 hearts cut out near the top.  I wonder what room that went to. These do not include hardware.  Lastly, there are a few with ventilation panels on the bottom half.

29.75w or 36w x 84h. #various. $95-120


Barn Wood Walls with Sliding Door (part 2)

We have been following the progression of a strange, unloved corner in our store.  You can rewind and read part 1 HERE.  Now that the barn wood has been installed there is the question of the doorway.  It is the not so glamorous entrance to a storage room.  It previously had white louvered bi-fold doors similar to the ones shown below (from Home Depot’s site) with one difference.  The slider was broken so they tended to flap around when opened.

louver doors

You may know that we sell barn door tracks.  These come in many designs and lengths.  We have originals salvaged from barns and new ones still in boxes.  No matter which look you prefer, barn tracks are IN.  The problem is that there is no good way to display them except by mounting a working door for people to see.  So that’s what we did here.


This is a set of new tracks that we sell in the store.  They come with instructions which we were able to follow without any problem.  We did have to make one adjustment.  The included bolts that hold the track to the wall were too short.  This wall is extra thick though, so they should be good for a normal wall.


The track set we chose is cast iron with a traditional design.  The track is just under 6′ long.  The door opens so smoothly now!  I want one at home.


The room behind the door is still for employees only, but now you can get a real sense for how these barn tracks look and feel before you purchase a set to install in your home.


Stay tuned for one more delightful addition to this space.  GATHER by design has moved in and is calling this corner home.