architectural artifacts

If you noticed Saucy's Facebook status over the weekend saying something along the lines of, "died and went to architectural salvage Heaven," and wondered what that looked like, here it is.

Saucy and The Inmate convinced Veto and The Warden to make a little date night at Architectural Artifacts, Inc. for an evening holiday shopping event.


It didn't take much convincing to tell the truth. Veto is pretty much up for anything and The Warden, being a draftsman by trade, is keen on anything to do with architecture. And so they were off. From the moment they entered the beautiful old building they knew it was going to be the very best of sojourns. Plus, Saucy was tipped off to the whole thing by her pal Linda so she had a gut feeling it was going to be absolutely fascinating... and it was.


Look above and you will see an assortment of vintage light fixtures, most of them of the industrial sort.


Oh, what Saucy wouldn't do with those bad boys! The area was also filled with salvaged doors, windows, wrought iron gates and balconies, segments of staircase railing... and metal fireplace mantels.


Here, Saucy contemplates life, art and her navel...


... and the navels of these ladies ...


... while Veto contemplates vintage agricultural and seed "specimens." There were plenty of framed scientific samples, test tubes, botany experiments and such. It was like a scene from Harry Potter.

Although it may look happenstance in the photos, the displays are anything but. They are thoughtful and detailed, right down to a vintage school sink filled with photography slides. It was a feast for the eyes at every turn. Sort of like going to an Anthropologie store but without the clothes and soaps.


Words cannot express how much Saucy wanted this amazing printer's case: each drawer was subdivided into the smallest sections you can imagine... perfect for storing charms and general crafty bric a brac.


There was a wide array of candy store display stands in various shapes and sizes. You can find them online here.


An entire table - about twelve feet in length - covered with chandelier crystals. Do you see what Saucy means here, people? Died and went to Heaven.




Display boxes, storage units, office supplies and filing...


A Coca-Cola sign made of some sort of cindercrete/composite material, from Argentina.



There were vintage pediments over almost every available doorway.



Lunch, anyone?


The Inmate locates a giant initial. She fails to convince her husband to close the deal.


Veto did make a purchase on this night, a working drawing by Argentinian blacksmith José Thenée that Saucy had to have. Here, she poses before leaving the event in front of the most amazing display of the artist's drawings fastened to the wall of the main entryway. You can't imagine it - spanning about thirty feet high and the length of a hallway, with details cut out and adhered to the mural, it was breathtaking.

So that's what Heaven looks like. In case you were wondering.

8 comments:

SCREAMING FOR CHOCOLATE said...

I so wish I could find a place like that. Now that I am in Dallas maybe there is a chance.

SOINSPIRED said...

I'm speechless. What a magical evening for you. I would love to get my hands on those crystals. I want some flat-backed ones. Happy Holidays!

Grace said...

Oh how beautiful thank you so much for sahring such beautiful pictures. Grace xoxo

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

What an incredible trip! I love old things, old doors, old hinges, old doorknobs--the attention to DETAIL. That does look like heaven. So glad you got to go!

karen said...

was that a price reduced sign on the printer case?

Pepper said...

You should have rented a big truck, loaded it and drove it home!

Trish the Dish said...

I would die in a place like that! I would also spend every last dime I had...

MJ said...

I don't even want to know where that place is. It is indeed heaven and must be kept out of reach. I would even skip visiting Anthropologie and head directly there ~ there would be no contest. Good thing Veto was there to restrain you!