For Jim Braunscheidel, owner of Scoville Brown Cooperative, his art is architectural salvage, saving a piece of the old and turning it into something new.
The building that houses the Scoville Brown Warehouse in Wellsville, New York, is an example of this. From the 1800s until the 1940s, it was a bustling grocery wholesaler. Jim has given it new life with three floors of antiques, architectural finds and artwork.
The “Hearts Delight” slogan is still visible on the north side of the brick interior, and it’s evident from talking to Jim that this is his heart’s delight.
“Just to walk in, to get your hands on something original, something untouched, that’s what inspires me,” he says.
On these jobs, the reality is, if he didn’t get his hands on it, it would all be thrown away, beautiful woodwork, ornate architectural detail, discarded forever. He not only sees the value in saving these artifacts but also in repurposing them.
“These works are my artistic expression and interpretation of where history, creativity and functionality meet,” he says.
“Like anyone in their craft, my work has evolved over time. I began to see new, repurposed objects in the items I collected or salvaged. I combined what I learned as a young man building with what I learned through the antique business and started designing and building furniture, lighting and accessories.”
What Jim brings to Market Hill is a variety of antiques and architectural finds.
“Market Hill is amazing. As a contractor, I can say, structurally, it’s impressive, and as a vendor, it simplifies all of the little things that make it difficult to sell on your own. From the building to the breezeway to the air-conditioning – everything.”
Meet Jim at Market Hill, and be inspired by Scoville Brown Cooperative.
For more information, visit, scovillebrown.com.