Salem Museum Speaker Series: Historic Preservation at Black Dog Salvage

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Black Dog Salvage president and co-owner Robert Kulp, Jr. will speak about what it takes to reclaim, reuse, and repurpose architectural salvage that would otherwise be lost forever. The talk is free and open to the public.

Black Dog Salvage makes it their mission to discover the remarkable pieces of America’s past that are hidden inside old, endangered structures. These vintage pieces include everything from old house parts to industrial relics. Once these artifacts are secured, the team creatively transforms them into a wide range of architectural and decorative elements. These pieces see new life in the restoration of other historic buildings, or in adding character to newer structures. Since 2012, the wildly-popular television show Salvage Dawgs, on Discovery’s DIY Network has chronicled the adventures and creativity of Black Dog Salvage and introduced this Roanoke based business to an international audience.

Robert Kulp’s background has uniquely prepared him for success as the president and resident “architecturologist” of Black Dog Salvage, and as the co-host of Salvage Dawgs. Kulp received his B.S. in Building Construction from Virginia Tech in 1985, is a former U.S. Naval Officer, and is a Virginia Class A General Contractor.  His construction company, Blue Ridge Residential, offers design and building services for “new” old houses, period restorations, and sympathetic additions. His knowledge of how buildings are put together has proved crucial in safely deconstructing and saving architectural details from the landfill.

 Note: The Salem Museum’s entrance has changed. Turn off Main Street at Oakey Field, across from the Berglund Ford service entrance. Then turn left to drive up to the Museum’s parking lot and entrance.

About Black Dog Salvage and Salvage Dawgs

Black Dog Salvage occupies a 40,000 square warehouse next to the Memorial Bridge near Grandin Village in Roanoke, Virginia. The business has grown into an interior design showroom featuring architectural details, custom upcycled designs, furniture paint, regional artisans, and salvage inspired furniture. Black Dog Salvage is located at 902 13th Street SW, Roanoke, VA 24016. Store Hours: Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm; Sunday 11am-4pm.

Salvage Dawgs, now filming its 11th season, is co-produced by Trailblazer Studios and Figure 8 Films and airs nationally on the DIY Network and Great American Country. Episodes are also available on iTunes and Amazon.

About the Salem Museum & Historical Society

The Salem Museum & Historical Society is an independent, nonprofit organization preserving and celebrating the history of Salem, Virginia, which was founded in 1802. The Salem Museum is located next to Longwood Park in the historic 1845 Williams-Brown House at 801 East Main Street, Salem, VA 24153. Open Tuesday–Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm. Museum admission is free, but donations are appreciated. The Museum has free parking. 540-389-6760.



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Salem Museum Speaker Series: Historic Preservation at Black Dog Salvage
  • 801 East Main Street
  • Salem, VA 24153
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  • Salem Museum & Historical Society
  • Free