Old school to Manhattan apartment: A reclaimed wood’s journey

From SoHo down to Stroudsburg (sorry Pete) is about 75 miles and 120 years.

J S Bunnell School Postcard

At least it was for this batch of reclaimed maple flooring. The East Stroudsburg Public School was dedicated on September 24, 1894. Like many schools built in that era, the flooring throughout was 2-1/4″ “strip” maple. This postcard purchased on eBay shows the school in 1894.

J S Bunnell School under demolitionIn 1960 a new high school was built on the neighboring property and an 1916 addition was razed to make room for a parking lot. At that time the name was changed to J. S. Bunnell School.  It’s use became as a junior high school, special education and records storage. Time took it’s toll on the building and other, newer buildings were put up, and Bunnell ceased operation and was scheduled for demolition in 2008.

Rescued Maple™ reclaimed wood flooring "as is" (with original finish) We purchased several truckloads of the salvaged strip maple flooring and have been working through it selling it as our Rescued Maple™. Here is the flooring “as is.” It is also offered with the original finish planed off, or planed and then prefinished.

SoHo apartment - Galley - Reclaimed Maple floor


Among the numerous projects in which our Rescued Maple™ has found a new home is this Soho apartment where “green” was a prime motivator in design and product selection.  The owners were interested in greening their space when the EcoBroker/Realtor Susan Singer evangelized the idea.

According to the owners, “The primary driver was the reclaimed flooring, and we also used all Energy Star appliances. We installed Fujitsu Halcyon split A/C units in each of the primary rooms so that we do not have to run them when the room is not occupied. And when we do turn them on, they cool the room very quickly and efficiently. For lightning we used all Arani LED bulbs.”

SoHo apartment - Galley 2 - Reclaimed Maple floor
SoHo apartment - Living Room - Reclaimed Maple floor

I would like to thank the owners for sharing their story and pics of their light and airy apartment.  EcoQueen of Green Susan Singer is a Senior VP at Town Real Estate and is NYC’s first certified EcoBroker.  She has extensive knowledge of the Manhattan real estate market and a deep personal interest in green/sustainable building and living.  These make her well-equipped to help individuals and families identify healthy homes and renovate with an eye towards marketing a green-friendly residence when the time comes to move on.

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4 Responses to Old school to Manhattan apartment: A reclaimed wood’s journey

  1. Linda Kusy says:

    I love the background about the public school and the “rescued Maple”. The green apt in Soho is beautiful, owing largely to the flooring in my unbiased opinion.

  2. Sharon Hyde says:

    Do you have any pictures of where the Whiskey wood that we used for our bar cam from? Love your product!

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