Significant Elements is a program of Historic Ithaca launched in 1991 to promote the reuse of architectural elements when the demolition of a building cannot be otherwise prevented. We provide an avenue for the reuse of building materials, and promote repair, restoration and reuse instead of demolition. The store operated seasonally out of an old tobacco barn until 1998, when it was moved to a late-1880s carriage house on Seneca Street. In order to expand into year-round operation and to add much-needed space, Historic Ithaca purchased this 100-year old warehouse at the corner of Center and Plain Streets in 2002.
We specialize in selling reclaimed solid wood doors, lighting, windows, clawfoot tubs, furniture, bath & kitchen sinks, wood moldings, flooring, wainscoting, columns, slate & ceramic tile, toilets, shutters, cabinetry, ornate hardware, furniture, garden elements, decorative items, and various other interesting odds and ends…
Our inventory is donated by community members, contractors, businesses and institutions. Significant Elements sales support all of Historic Ithaca’s programs, from preservation advocacy and education to job readiness training for young adults.
Pritchard & Sons originally built this warehouse for use as a carriage and wagon repository. It was later used as a corset factory, airplane parts factory, a warehouse for Rothschild’s Department Store, Harbeck’s Paper Company, and the ICC Furniture warehouse.