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New Geneva retailer features salvaged items from farms, churches

Sylvia Torres opened Little Red Barn Door at the Berry House, 227 S. Third St., Geneva, featuring home decor, housewares and specializing in reclaimed and salvaged architecture.
Sylvia Torres opened Little Red Barn Door at the Berry House, 227 S. Third St., Geneva, featuring home decor, housewares and specializing in reclaimed and salvaged architecture.

GENEVA – Perhaps the biggest surprise in the Little Red Barn Door in Geneva is the full-sized weather vane – reclaimed from the roof of a barn – smack in the middle of the floor.

But that is what the business is, said owner Sylvia Torres, 41, of St. Charles: Among housewares and other goods, it also features reclaimed farm salvage, iron works and other cool old stuff.

The Little Red Barn Door is the latest addition to the Berry House, 227 S. Third St., Geneva. It opened Dec. 1.

“We call it unique home décor,” Torres said. “Custom furniture and architectural salvage. We have an architectural salvage guy that we deal with … and we go to his barn and we pick out the pieces.”

Salvaged pieces also include parts of an 1865 church, such as windows and a pew that was cut into smaller pieces and finished so it could fit in a house, Torres said.

“This is from the First Congregational Church of Batavia,” Torres said of the pew. “It was 11-foot pews he’s made into a smaller size so people could use them.”

The First Congregational Church of Batavia, 21 S. Batavia Ave., was built in 1856, according to the Batavia Historical Society website, www.bataviahistoricalsociety.org.

Torres said they chose the name – Little Red Barn Door – because barns are a key source of the store's inventory – though far from the only one.

Her family owns a steel company, Legna Ironworks Inc. in Rosellle, and will eventually bring in vintage pieces from there as well, Torres said.

More information about Little Red Barn Door is available by calling 630-402-0072 or by visiting its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/littleredbarndoor.

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