- Associated Press - Monday, December 15, 2014

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) - Volunteers are trying to salvage valuable items from several historic Burlington buildings set to be razed next month to make way for a business expansion.

Frank Millard and Co. plans to expand on the 100 block of North Main Street where the structures are being demolished, The Hawk Eye (https://bit.ly/1AyYsxe ) reported.

In some of the buildings, volunteers from the nonprofit Heritage Trust tore down a drop ceiling to expose the original tin ceilings and sought to save wooden support columns and window fixtures.

“These buildings were built in the 1870s and tin ceilings were common at the time,” volunteer Steve Frevert said.

Removing the tin, which was used in homes as a fire deterrent during that time, won’t be easy. Frevert said century-old grime falls onto the person removing the tin ceiling.

“It’s a filthy job, but it’s worth it,” he said.

Salvaged items will be sent to the Preservation Station to be sold to support the nonprofit’s activities. Volunteers regularly travel through southeast Iowa and west central Illinois to save items from old schools, warehouses, abandoned homes and commercial buildings.

“If we hear one’s coming down, we see what we can save,” volunteer Hal Morton said.


Information from: The Hawk Eye, https://www.thehawkeye.com

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