The art and archaeology of the modern construction site.

Three projects under construction this summer offered ample opportunity for discoveries in the walls; seeing new tools at work; and appreciating vintage design elements.

We found this miniature niche walled up in a Powder Room. Don’t you want to know what is behind the doors? Maybe gold bullion! Or dental floss.

Not a medieval device for encouraging cooperation – unless you are a cast iron soil pipe. This racheting soil pipe cutter snapped this pipe in seconds to allow install of new PVC per code.

This lovely tub filler with hand shower adapter is integral to the tub and could not be reused. But it did provide about 100 years of faithful service prior to demolition.

Contractor art. Just creatively letting us know that the Architect is driving him crazy again, no doubt.

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