Sangamon Reclaimed handcrafts reception desk for Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau tourist welcome center located at Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices

It is our mission to preserve history for future generations by creating beautifully handcrafted heirloom quality furniture, so it was an honor to design and build a piece for the new Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau tourist welcome center housed at the Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices using reclaimed oak from the Herndon family barn. 

The stair treads of the Herndon barn, constructed in 1873, are a key feature in the design of the reception desk. The barn was built by Archer Herndon, whose brother William Herndon was Abraham Lincoln’s law partner. The remainder of the desk was constructed from Rock Creek barn, which was built in 1865 near New Salem. The oak that was harvested for the construction of the Rock Creek barn is native to the Sangamon River Valley. 

We were provided the freedom to create a reception desk of our own design our only criteria was that it fit the space on the first floor of the building, which sits on the southeast corner of the Old Capitol Plaza in downtown Springfield, Illinois. The building that houses the Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices is known by its affiliation with a dry goods store owned by Seth M. Tinsley who rented the rooms on the third floor to Abraham Lincoln and William Herndon from 1843 to 1852. Brian, Lars, Jake, Zack, TJ, and Eric all worked on it in different stages in the design and construction of the reception desk, which is not only one the heaviest pieces we have ever created at Sangamon Reclaimed but also took more than 150 man hours to complete. 

We are so proud to be a part of this project. We hope that visitors to Springfield and residents alike will not only enjoy the craftsmanship behind this piece of furniture but also appreciate the significant historic value it holds. 


Why Reclaimed Wood?

Incorporating reclaimed wood in your home decreases the demand for newly harvested virgin wood from forests. Felling virgin forests involves transportation and processing of the trees, which has a massive impact on the environment.

All of the reclaimed wood that we use to create pieces of residential and commercial furniture Sangamon Reclaimed has dismantled and/or sourced reclaimed wood from barns, churches, and homes built in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Each of these structures carries with it a piece of our nation's history. With the help of a local historian we are able to pass on the history of these structures to each of our clients. Each piece we build is not only a unique piece f furniture, but also a conversation piece that can be passed on for future generations.

Why fake the character and charm of reclaimed wood when you can have an
original piece? Whether it’s a dining room table, barn doors, or a mantle you’ll
never get the same effect or finish with a new piece of wood that you get with
one that has been reclaimed from an old barn or church.

You can’t buy old growth wood unless it has been painstakingly reclaimed and
treated with the care and respect it deserves. Because of the diversity of old
growth forests, these are now protected, so you can’t drop in at your hardware
store and grab a piece of old growth for your home project. You can if you visit us
at Sangamon Reclaimed.

Because the reclaimed wood that we use is old growth lumber it is extremely
durable. Most, if not all, of the reclaimed wood we use, has been salvaged from
barns and churches constructed more than 100 years ago… and most of the time
they are still standing pretty strong.

Each piece of furniture is 100% original it is not mass-produced. With reclaimed
wood, you will not find any two pieces the same. If you want a piece for your
home or business that is different from everything else you should choose
reclaimed wood.

The unique beauty, character, durability, and history of reclaimed wood means
it’s extremely sought after for use as beams, decking, planking, siding, mantels,
furniture, feature walls and barn doors.

Client Testimonial: Sheedy Shores Winery

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At Sangamon Reclaimed we love to work with local businesses and we were very excited when Gloria and Mike Sheedy approached us about building tables for their new winery and outdoor seating area at Sheedy Shores Winery in Loami, Illinois.

“When my husband, Mike and I first heard of Sangamon Reclaimed, it was
through my father-in-law because they rented space from him. He insisted we check out their work and once we did we knew we had to commission them to make our tables for our winery. Our vision for our place was rustic elegance so the reclaimed barn wood was a perfect choice.

Brian and his staff worked with us to find the perfect combination of pieces, low and high top tables. We have been thrilled with the tables and so have our customers. We have received so many compliments on our tables and how well they go with the theme of our business. We are so glad we went with Sangamon Reclaimed.”

Sheedy Shores Winery hosts music acts throughout the summer with plenty of
great wine and beer on offer and beautiful views across the lake.