An article in the Daily Journal of Commerce (Portland, Ore.) describes how Jeff Allen collected old plumbing fixtures, gathering dust and rust at his home and warehouse, waiting for the right project to come along.

An article in the Daily Journal of Commerce (Portland, Ore.) describes how Jeff Allen collected old plumbing fixtures, gathering dust and rust at his home and warehouse, waiting for the right project to come along.

When he heard that the McMenamins’ Kennedy School’s (Portland, Ore.) old boiler room was going to be converted into a pub, Allen realized that his fixtures would get a new life. The Boiler Room is a 2,800-square-foot space with four levels that gives new meaning to industrial design (www.kennedyschool.com).

Railings in the third-level area are intricate compositions of old pipes, radiators, steam traps, pressure-reducing valves, heat dissipaters and pressure backflow preventors. Stair railings from the lower levels to upper levels have silver-painted radiator pieces from the heating units from MeMenamins’ under-construction hotel.

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