<a href=”http://www.heraldandnews.com/news/local_news/the-art-of-deconstruction/article_4a0be446-ac42-57aa-b02f-4c5367928d95.html”>Tulelake Cold Storage</a> was built in 1940 with cooling efficiency through cement blocks and sawdust insulation on the outside walls. It was used as the storage for sacked potatoes before they are needed in the market. Now, the rooms that were used for potato storage have been abandoned. Many people assumed that there is nothing left to salvage; they were wrong.
The 6 buildings and shops with a total floor area of 120,000 square feet are filled with well-preserved Douglas Fir wood flooring. The wood was inside a climate controlled structure for many years so that it was very dry, very straight and very clean. The lumber that was used to build the floors was harvested from old growth trees with really tight grain. You don’t see this type of lumber anymore.
Christopher Green, Reba and Dennis VanAcker through their business DoubleHead Enterprises purchased the Tulelake Cold Storage in June 2013 after it has been out of business for the last 11 years. Since the building was already abandoned, the family reclaimed the old lumber floor, floorboard by floorboard and offered it to buyers through the internet.
When some Japanese learned that DoubleHead was selling well-preserved timber from the 1930’s to the 1960’s, they flew immediately to look at the wood and were visibly overwhelmed. They bought four container-loads of flooring, mainly the 2 by 12 foot slats. The Japanese will use the timber for flooring, wall coverings, doors and furniture.
The floors of the cold storage were well built with sawdust and coolant system to provide proper ventilation for the potatoes. Air coolant was pumped into the entire building that is why the wood floors were well preserved. Greens and the VanAcker’s including some hired help spent their spare hours to carefully remove the boards and pack them for buyers.
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