Now that things are slowing down in the garden, it’s a good time to trot out some of the things stored away that didn’t quite make it into previous posts. When I visited Mississippi Ave a few weeks ago, I took quite a few pictures of a place I find inspiring, The Rebuilding Center. If you drive toward the river on Fremont, you will come upon it where Fremont intersects with Mississippi.
It is a place where builders and remodelers can drop off unwanted building materials that are then sorted, priced and put on display.
Bulletin boards hold ideas for ways to use cast off materials in ingenious ways, but perhaps the most inspiring examples are to be found in the building itself. Here is a wall incorporating a hodge podge of reclaimed windows. Greenhouse, anyone?
Scrap metal has been welded into a decorative fence.
The main entrance is a fantasy land, with built-in benches at the base of trees whose branches, adorned with sparkly elements reach for the vaulted skylights.
Here’s another look at that entryway.
The space is huge, with enough room for separate areas dedicated to doors, windows, etc.
In the lighting department, whole fixtures hang from above while shelves of globes and shades fill the dense shelving below.
This is one of those places to come with an open mind and let the imagination roam free. Who knows what manner of garden structure might result.