When you arrive at the top of the driveway at 540 Division St. you immediately become aware that you have found a rare gem. As you walk in the front doors of Legacy Vintage Building Materials you are greeted by an array of antique chandeliers. Ranging in vintages and materials, some original and some caringly refurbished, the collection includes only the finest examples of exemplary craftsmanship of times gone by and is a subtle introduction of the remarkable inventory that is to come.
Nathaniel Kraak, is the VP of Operations. A Teacher by trade, he began working part time at Legacy, learning from owners Sven Kraumanis and Christine Jenkinson about this unique industry and soon found it was his true passion. Drawing on old world quality, they specialize in products pre- 1970’s. On your initial stroll through the building you will find 19th century gilt tole sconces and three centuries of vintage hardware featuring beautifully fashioned engravings. Passing through the heavy, 10ft brass door system you enter into another world full of antique bathtubs, cast iron fireplace inserts, heritage corbels and more decorative doors than you can count.
Legacy has received notable credits on some of HGTV’s most popular shows, yet when you ask Nathaniel about his clientele, his response is simply, “people with good taste.” Nathaniel has worked with some of the most noteworthy interior designers including Sarah Richardson, Tommy Smythe, and Scott McGillivray. In addition to designers sorting through the inventory for prized pieces, Nathaniel has completed customwork on request. “One of the coolest projects I have completed was turning an antique windmill, 6ft in diameter, into a working Chandelier for Tommy Smythe when he was filming Home to Win,” says Nathaniel.
But you don’t have to be a professional designer to shop at Legacy. As Nathaniel states, “Pinterest and Instagram have had a big impact on our business. People are inspired by something they see online and they come to us for the materials.” Those looking to mount a sliding barn door can come to Legacy not only for the antique door, but also the track and rollers. As one of the few businesses in Ontario in this rare industry, customers come from all over and Legacy will ship to anywhere in the world. After managing Legacy for the past five years, Nathaniel is now taking his passion one step further and becoming a Co-owner. When asking him what the next five years will look like he is excited about the further development of their website. Now fully integrated with their current inventory, with hundreds of products being added per month, no matter where you are, if seeking that perfect piece, you can browse the Legacy inventory and hopefully inspire yourself to take the trip to Cobourg.