08/16/2012 02:38 pm ET Updated Oct 11, 2012

Scrap Mansion


“I had a beloved dog named Henry Higgins who died two Easters ago,” John Archer was saying recently in the Danvers room, the latest addition to his ever-expanding, found-it-on-the-street house. “I put him in the car and was going to bury him at the beach house, and on my way down — remember, I had Hank for 16 years — I passed someone’s rubbish and they had thrown out a bed. I drove by thinking, ‘This is not the time, I’m in mourning,’ but then, of course, I turned around. I had to push poor little Hank’s body to the side to put this bed in.”

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