So we did what any good journalists would do: we Googled "new orleans", "repurposed", "recycled", and "architecture". Google did not steer us wrong! We found The Green Project, a community-minded warehouse/shop/lumber yard in NOLA's St. Roch neighborhood. They hold events and workshops, and are open to treasure hunters and curious community members Monday - Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. When Julie and I went (Wednesday around 2 p.m.), the place was bustling with hard working, eco-friendly looking folk. There was a special where ANYTHING in the driveway was free for the taking. We got a door, that we just might use for a tabletop.
You'll also notice above an incarnation of my favorite sign in the world, "Free Paint". The Green Project actually started as a Mid-City paint-recycling project. Read more about recycling mastermind Linda Stone and how the Project started here.