I DON'T HAVE the bank account of Bill Gates or the art collection of Alice Walton, but I am rich with radiators.
I have them in spades, or I should say in cast iron. In addition to the radiators that heat every floor of our four-story rowhouse, I also have a few extras, unattached hot-water radiators. I have kept them in my basement in the belief that you never know when you might need a spare, three-quarter-century-old piece of cast iron.
I started collecting radiators about 10 years ago, when a new baseboard unit replaced a standing bathroom radiator. Since then, anytime a radiator was disconnected, to capture some space or to cool down a room, I have kept it.