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This page is intended to help inspire interest in preserving
our ever-dwindling architectural heritage & to foster a growing
consciousness so we can:

  • Become more aware of our built heritage;
  • Encourage good preservation practices;
  • Lobby for a high standard of conservation where necessary;
  • Look for ways to enhance the architectural qualities of our surroundings;
  • Guard against unnecessary loss of irreplaceable items.

Traditional building materials and architectural period features are becoming increasingly difficult to obtain and expensive to buy, creating problems for remedial, repair or new period-style building work. Yet, astonishingly, many traditional materials and features which could easily be reused - some of historic or architectural importance - are instead destroyed because no immediate use is apparent - or as is often the case, no immediate buyer is found.

Over my months of tmoggery, I have accumulated various items that were going to be part of themes or sets, but never got round to doing any more in that particular style, and just put them in a folder to gather dust. In keeping with my philosophy of conservation, I now offer them to you as freestanding items to be used in whatever particular situation you feel appropriate. I still like to make some oddments now and again, and you will find those here as well. Some of these I may still develop into larger themes, in which case I will move them accordingly - and mark them once moved so you do not download them twice.
The greatest folly of these modern "enlightened" times was the recent loss of the famous Wembley Stadium towers in London (pictured right) to make way for an ultra-modern football stadium. Do not get me wrong - I am not against progress and actually adore many of the new trends in architecture including the proposed stadium, but I remain convinced that there could also have been a way to incorporate such powerful and beautiful icons into the new design were the true desire there.
Instead, after months of wrangling and lip-service to their glory, they have joined the Euston Arch (pictured left) & other long-lost London landmark treasures reduced to rubble & anonymous landfill. Such a sad, ignominious end to structures originally heralding all that is progressive and a future so bright.
To find out more about this tragic event in UK architectural history, there are some excellent articles with links here and here (if you can stand the large coloured print, this second one is a passionate & excellent essay) and also here.
I personally do not agree with most opinions on the Millennium Dome (pictured right). I realise I am in a small minority here for being such a fan of this structure, but that is another modern landmark I find fascinating and perhaps, like the UK 1951 Festival of Britain Dome and Skylon (family postcard pictured left) or the wholescale demolition of the US roadside diner / "googie" architectural style, it will only truly be appreciated once it has gone.
Miscellaneous items & sets made from......brick!



The story of brick reaches back into pre-history. There is evidence of bricks and brickmaking in ancient India, the Middle East, North Africa, and North and Central America. The first sun-dried bricks were formed in around 8,000 BC in Mesopotamia - now Iraq. However, it was not until bricks were fired in a kiln that they became truly durable. Excavations have found perfectly preserved fired bricks dating from as far back as 5000 BC.

The material employed in the earliest buildings constructed around Rome was "tuff", a volcanic rock of varying hardnesses, some soft enough to be worked with bronze tools. Later, other harder volcanic stones were used, such as peperino and albani stone from the nearby Alban hills. The Romans developed the manufacture of bricks and took their technology into conquered lands, including Britain in 54 BC.

Although the skill was lost when the Romans finally withdrew in 410 AD, Roman bricks were recycled over the centuries, a prominent example being Colchester Castle (pictured right), completed in 1080 AD from bricks then over a millennium old. The English brick industry was revived by Flemish brickmakers brought to England in the thirteenth century.

For centuries all aspects of brickmaking were done by hand, from extracting clay to shaping bricks and setting and drawing the kiln. It was common in remote areas for clay to be extracted and bricks shaped and fired on the site by itinerant brickmakers. Until the early 1800s bricks were fired in clamp kilns that were pulled down to remove the bricks. These were slowly replaced by permanent kilns. A big change came in the mid-1800s when steam power mechanised the arduous task of hand moulding bricks. A handmoulder turning out 1000 to 1300 bricks a day was no match for a machine producing 15,000 bricks a day.

Standalone arch & tiled walls & floors

The arch is backless and droppable with thanks to Koromo at Persimmon Grove, without whom I simply would not have anything unique to add to this site.

The arch can be used anywhere you like! Based on a droppable rug piece, your sims can walk over them, you can put other items on the same tile and HD users can place wall mountable items on the windows as well. They won't generate a roof when used on a second floor, so are good for creating an open colonnade walkway.

To use on a second floor you will need to place them on the transparent floor tile from Caro's Sim Kagen.

I do not recommend placing them in inside corners as there will be some bleedthrough while the walls are up.

I have renamed & included the walls & floors from the old "Moorish Style" & "Tiled Mural Arch" sets which you may already have, and the plain version is included with the "More Old Bricks" set on the Urban Textural Archive page.

The brick arch image is taken from a photograph I took of one of the platform walls at Edinburgh's majestic Waverley Railway Station while waiting for my train some time in 1993.

That was a memorable journey - it took longer to travel the 400 miles to my home by train than it took us to fly to New York a month later - including all the hanging around at check in & waiting at Heathrow.

Waverley Station is in the centre of Edinburgh. It is a vast construction with over 20 platforms, set deep in the valley between the old and new towns of Edinburgh in the shadows of both Edinburgh Castle & the monument to Sir Walter Scott.

During the 1850s and 1860s, British archaeological and historical study of the East was flourishing, and saw a great enthusiasm for decorative styles generically known as "Moorish". It was fundamentally a picturesque style, largely used in the field of interior design mostly thanks to a pattern book unequalled before that time: Owen Jones' Grammar of Ornament, published in 1856.

I go into more detail about this wonderful book in the Urban Textural Archive page, and intend to do a full recolour furniture set one day based on these stunningly detailed and rich patterns. Owen Jones analyzed ornamental styles ranging from those of primitive tribes to the Renaissance, and in each chapter he consolidated a wealth of patterns from documented sources which he reproduced in multi-coloured lithographs, thereby making the Grammar of Ornament a crucial sourcebook of design motifs for craftsmen and commercial designers alike. Although an excellent book of permission-free reproductions is available through Dover Publications (of whom I am a great fan & have this and many more of their titles), if any of my readers have an original copy tucked away gathering dust in their attic they don't want anymore, please let me know!

Miscellaneous items & sets made from......metal!

Metal has been used in building in various forms for many centuries. More often than not, it was used for window framing, but sometimes inside a double-walled structure to give extra strength, or for roofing.

Decorative cast iron frames were a mass produced American architectural innovation of the 19th century. Used as building facades, cast iron was cheaper than stone or brick and allowed ornate features to be prefabricated from moulds in foundries. This was an inexpensive way to produce a structure with a face that was ornate, costly looking and stylish, which at first meant classically inspired Italian Renaissance, and later, French architectural styles.

The new facades permitted designers to build larger windows on all floors, bringing natural light to where there was none. Today, New York City has the world's largest concentration of full and partial cast iron facades. The best, built in the 1870s, are in the SoHo Cast-Iron District (pictured right).

In England, an efficient, prefabricated method of internal skeletal construction was developed, of which the most notable example was Joseph Paxton’s Crystal Palace (1851) in London. Iron and glass canopies were used to cover such diverse structures as shopping arcades, library reading rooms, and the vast new railway terminals.

Today, metal is used far more in architecture than just the traditional roofing and facades of industrial sheds. It is greatly used for its aesthetic qualities to cover theatres, museums, and exhibition buildings with shimmering layers of copper and titanium. It enables extravagant forms to be constructed, and even in low-cost, prefabricated buildings, metal is used in new and interesting ways.

Staircase, boundary fence and ivy-covered fence to match the Unleashed iron arch and balcony fence.



Cream, grey & white Unleashed arches & matching fence

Miscellaneous items & sets made!



Natural glass is formed when certain types of rocks melt in the high temperatures of volcanic eruptions or lightning strikes, and then cool and solidify rapidly. Stone-age man is believed to have used cutting tools made of obsidian - a natural glass of volcanic origin.

The Roman historian Pliny attributed the discovery of glass to Phoenician sailors in around 3000 BC who landed on a beach, propped a cooking pot on some blocks of nitrate (an alkali soda) and made a fire over which to cook a meal. To their apparent surprise, the sand beneath the fire melted and ran in a liquid stream that later cooled and hardened into glass. The earliest man-made glass objects, mainly Egyptian non-transparent glass beads, are thought to date back to around 2500 BC. Modern glass originated in Alexandria during the Ptolemaic period, where artisans created "mosaic glass" in which slices of colored glass were used to create decorative patterns. The first glassmaking "manual" is a series of tablets from the library of the Assyrian king Ashurbanipal (669-626 BC).

Glassblowing was invented during the 1st century BC in Syria. It was the Romans who began to use glass for architectural purposes around AD 100. Semi-opaque cast glass windows began to appear in the most important buildings in Rome and the most luxurious villas of Herculaneum and Pompeii. During the 15th century in Venice, the first clear glass - called cristallo - was invented and then heavily exported. In 1675, glassmaker George Ravenscroft invented lead crystal glass by adding lead oxide to Venetian glass.

In 1902, Irving W Colburn patented the sheet glass drawing machine, making the mass production of glass for windows possible. Safety glass was invented in 1903 as the result of a mistake by Edouard Benedictus, a French scientist, who after knocking a glass flask to the floor found the broken pieces hanging together in their original shape. The flask had contained cellulose nitrate, a liquid plastic, which had evaporated leaving a thin coating of plastic on the interior. In 1904, a patent for a "glass shaping machine" was granted to a Michael Owen, leading to the mass production of glass bottles & jars.

Some time ago at one of the object making forums at N99, a few of us online at the time were pointed to a story called Sim Alicubi (on a site called Alicubi) - and specifically told to look at the windows in the story. Our reaction went something like this: WOW.

On further investigation with Alicubi, the windows (pictured left) were revealed to be clever mock ups just for the story and not real objects - but don't they look good! So a couple of us decided to try their hands at making some similar high-rise office block windows.

I wanted to use a window where it looked normal from the outside of the house, so for the following sets, I chose the large corporate window - how appropriate for an office setting!

Cityscape Tower Block View windows

REPAIRED 2015, Please Redownload

The original Tower Block view window I did needed a bit of improving, so here it is again with three other companions, ideal for your downtown penthouse apartment or office block.

Like all my "windows with a view" they only have a view from the inside and are normal from the outside.


Bauhaus sofa pictured from 7DS, other objects, walls & floors default from game.

Hollywood View windows

This set features a panoramic view of the famous Hollywood sign - perfect for your starlet sims! The views are on one side only, so from the outside of your house they look normal - but on the inside, hey presto! A room with a view.

This is a pack of three one-way windows - one each of the Hollywood sign for right facing and left facing walls, and one Hollywood Hills landscape, all normal from the outside.

Landscape View windows


Three large windows with panoramic landscape views, which like all my "windows with a view" only have a view from the inside and are normal from the outside.



Miscellaneous items & sets made from......fabric!

It is thought that people began to weave fabric made from flax during the Neolithic Era, a period that began around 8000 BC. The earliest use of cotton fabric is estimated between 3,000 BC to 5,000 BC, but certainly worn by Egyptians earlier than 2,500 BC. However, it was not until Eli Whitney's invention of the cotton gin in 1793 that the processing of cotton became easier and quicker. The development of the power loom in 1884 brought significant improvements and variations to cotton fabrics.

Wool had widespread use throughout the world from around 3000 BC, but for centuries, the silk-wearing Chinese despised it, considering it the fabric of uncivilized people. China kept the technology of silk production secret; so much so that the ancient Greeks speculated that silk grew on special Chinese trees. It is believed to have been discovered by a Chinese princess, and is made from two continuous filaments glued together to form the cocoon of the silkworm.

The first patent for “artificial silk” was granted in England in 1855 to a Swiss chemist named Audemars. The first commercial production of a manufactured fibre was achieved by French chemist Count Hilaire de Chardonnet. In 1889, his fabrics caused a sensation at the Paris Exhibition. Several attempts to produce artificial fibres in the United States were made during the early 1900's but none were commercially successful until the American Viscose Company, formed by Samuel Courtaulds and Co., Ltd., began its production of rayon in 1910. This was followed in 1939 by nylon from the DuPont Company, then various companies introduced acrylic in 1950, polyester in 1953, spandex in 1959 & microfibre in 1989.

Lace curtains for all!


These are recolours with grateful permission of one of STP Carly's "Lace Curtains for All" because the pattern was so beautiful and it just needed to be seen in different colours :o)

These curtains are backless & act as lights. Why did Carly do it this way? In her own words: "Because these curtains files were just too large as Unleashed clones, over 1 mb for each. This way I save space & bandwidth & everyone gets to enjoy them!"


The zips on these page may contain a number of different items. Unzip to a temporary storage folder, and you must move the files accordingly as below:

    • Files ending in .wll to C:\Program Files\Maxis\The Sims\GameData\Walls
    • Files ending in .flr to C:\Program Files\Maxis\The Sims\GameData\Floors
    • Files ending in .bmp to C:\Program Files\Maxis\The Sims\GameData\Roofs
    • Files ending in .iff to C:\Program Files\Maxis\The Sims\GameData\UserObjects

If you would like to redesign or recolor objects from Architectural Salvage, please provide credit on your site and in the object description with a link back to us. Most recolours here are from base items from sites participating in the Recolourers Resource Project, but where I have had specific permission for an item to be cloned for this set, you will need to ask the same permissions from the original designer - these are as follows:

  • Lace Curtains for All - please contact Carly at the Sims Tattoo Parlour

All links to the original site where I have made the recolour from are given. See notes on home page.