When a Clayton home went up for sale a while back, the city decided to buy it for 650,000. The purpose in owning this home next to Hanley Park was to tear it down. This park holds the oldest building in Clayton, the historic Hanley House which has become something of a museum in the city. Now the former house site will become a "passive park", a green space next to history.
But, the purchased home is being taken apart piece by piece and given over to a salvage company. Hardwood floors, windows, walls, everything. Almost 100% of the lumber is going to be salvaged from this place. The City of Clayton hired the non-profit, REFAB, to salvage nearly everything from the oak floors to window hardware, hinges, and light switch plates. REFAB is providing job training for recently homeless vets at the same time.
All of these pieces of the house will be available for sale at the REFAB store at 3130 Gravois which is in the Benton Park neighborhood.
I'd guess there aren't too many St. Louis metro cities which would spend that kind of money to do what Clayton is doing.