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Times Union: Salvaging the best of the past

One by one, 55 buildings in the Park South neighborhood are being knocked down and the debris carted away to make room for an expanding Albany Medical Center. Before they go, volunteers are going from house to house to salvage architectural details for future use in preserved and new homes.

Dan Pardee, parts warehouse manager for Historic Albany Foundation, removes door hinges during a salvage operation at a home at 148 Morris St. on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, in Albany, N.Y. (Paul Buckowski / Times Union)

Dan Pardee, parts warehouse manager for Historic Albany Foundation, removes door hinges during a salvage operation at a home at 148 Morris St. on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, in Albany, N.Y. (Paul Buckowski / Times Union)

“Not every old building is worth saving,” saidPeter Leue, a former warehouse manager and a 25-year veteran of salvage operations. “But they always have something to give.”

Morris, Myrtle and Dana streets are undergoing major change, but the radiators, handrails, newel posts, balusters, drawer pulls and doors the volunteers rescue are a link to the past.

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