Parks Reece unveils salvaged cabin, marrying modern and rustic features


This cabin located on Cokedale Road, was salvaged after artist Park Reece wanted to keep it from being destroyed. (Photo courtesy of Parks Reece)

By: Enterprise Staff

Local artist Parks Reece’s latest art creation is a rescued home. 

 With the new work, Reece said he’s making a statement about the spread of “McMansions” and our modern world’s “throw-away society.”  About two years ago, Reece salvaged an 856-square foot Paradise Valley log cabin that was slated for destruction, moved it, and turned it into a home, placing it on his property on Cokedale Road.   

Over the following months, Reece oversaw a team of artisans as they transformed a basic cabin into a home that marries elements of the old west and modern design, according to a news release from Reece’s gallery. 

Sawn century-old juniper fence posts were used in closet doors and trim work. Antlers serve as towel racks, pot hangers in the kitchen, and even toilet paper holders.

 A trap door, with a secret rope pull, provides hidden storage.  Artisans threaded willows from the nearby creek, along with more antlers, into kitchen features and closet doors, repurposed 115-year old ornate ceiling tin into a wall, built a stone patio, and crafted an outdoor stone fireplace. Reece’s own designs have been etched into bathroom windows and he painted a mural on the ceiling, the release said. 

 An unveiling of this latest art project will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 23 at 75 Cokedale Road. The public is invited to attend.

Reese will be selling the cabin and the 60 acres of property it is located on in the coming months.