First Wood Shack Architectural Designs got new owners. Then it had a new location. Now it’s got a new name and has added creative work spaces and locally made items for sale.
Owners Chuck and Lyndsey Springer are rebranding their business under the name Reclaimed Fort Wayne.
Opened in January 1973 and previously owned by community improver Jerry Vandeveer and his late wife, Linda, the architectural salvage company didn’t own its building at 444 W. Baker St. The Springers bought the business in late 2018 and moved it to St. Joseph Boulevard, where they had a grand opening last October.
The Baker Street location had tight spaces filled with wooden doors, glass and white porcelain knobs, wooden egg crate grilles and any number of other fixtures. The new location, in an 18,500-square-foot building, built in the 1930s, is more spacious, which allows for easier indoor shopping of goods, whether it’s something like house numbers or a fireplace mantel or column, according to a news release from Wood Shack.
“Reclaimed Fort Wayne aims to build on the work of the previous owner, continuing to offer an ever-changing assortment of architectural accents, components and hardware, reclaimed lumber as well as vintage and antique pieces,” according to the news release.
The Springers are expanding the business with more furniture and decor accents, a retail outlet for locally made goods, and creative studios named Art 05, workspaces that can be rented hourly to monthly for artistic pursuits such as workshops, yoga classes, pop ups, and more.
Reclaimed Fort Wayne continues to salvage historic building materials from older homes and commercial properties, and has added reclaimed lumber and live edge pieces crafted from fallen trees and limbs, vintage and antique furniture and decor, custom steel table legs, bases and shelf brackets, and has carved out a curated retail space for local makers and brands.
The Springs work full time at their Granville Insurance, founded by Lyndsey in 2017. Additionally, Chuck is an acclaimed artist, forging one-of-a-kind artwork, as well as jewelry, from vintage cars (SpringHausStudio.com and Sharp Dressed Van, respectively). A gallery at www.sharpdressedvan.com/ shows an International Harvester-logoed metal belt buckle, a square metal tabletop with a Corvair emblem.
The couple grew up in Columbia City, then moved to Fort Wayne, where they found a 1920s home in the 46805 ZIP code where they live with their three boys and three dogs.
“They absolutely love Fort Wayne, its rich history and bright future, and are grateful to be part of the ever-growing shop small and local movement in the city,” according to the release.
The business is open noon-5 p.m. Thursdays and 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.