NAME: Architectural Artifacts, Inc.
LOCATION: 4325 N. Ravenswood, Chicago IL
WHAT THEY DO: Sell vintage and antique furniture, selvaged architectural pieces, unique finds, and other misc. items from all over the world.
PRICE RANGE: $$$$$
During my trip to Chicago in May, my 3rd cousin Paula took my mom and I to an amazing warehouse in Uptown called Architectural Artifacts, Inc. If you live in the city, just take the Brown line to Montrose and it’s right there. This place is over 80,000sf of treasure.
I mean it literally just goes on and on. Everywhere you turn there’s even more treasure. Now keep in mind this is a pricey place, but for someone who is willing to shell out some serious dough, Architectural Artifacts, Inc. will NOT dissapoint. They have anything and everything you could be looking for. Here are some of my favorite finds from my visit:
This place was seriously like chair porn. Or perhaps the Play-chair Mansion. Either way, I’m creeping you out.
I loved all of these iron grilles and gates, they could make really fantastic headboards or wall art. And those doors! It’s hard to tell but the glass squares are actually giant jewels, all beveled and sparkly. I’m dying to know what these were the doors to.
This bed was intense. Each woven strip was animal hide. It was kind of cool to see how intricate beds used to be made. I mean, talk about strong!
I LOVED all of the unique storage opportunities they had to offer. [One] was an old card catalog file from a library that would be great to hold all of your small misc. items, or I’d personally store all of my art supplies and fabric samples in it. [Two] would be amazing in a kitchen. I love the industrial look of it. I can just imagine storing my flour, sugar, coffee, etc. in each jar with giant scoops for each. [Three] was a cabinet from an old dental office, and each of those narrow drawers swiveled out like pie pieces. I think this would also be great in someone’s kitchen. [Four] looks to be an old flat file, perfect for preserving artwork or photographs. I love a good flat file. I’m not sure where [five] was from, but I loved the asymmetrical shape of it, and the funky green color as well.
The final room we ended on was what I refered to as the “piling room”. This room was full of piles and piles of items. All organized of course! There were ceramic tiles, doorknobs, hardware, maps, blueprints, glass, sketches, you name it! I even found a jar of teeth. Not cool. But it fit the theme. If I had more time I probably would have bought and framed a couple of the blueprints. They were all buildings in Chicago, but none of the Architecture firms caught my attention, so I guess it wasn’t meant to be.
I spoke with the owner while I was there and he shared some amazing stories about how he has acquired a lot of his finds. He even let us check out his back room that happened to have a giant task lamp [that Derek and I have been searching for] see my mom? She’s 5’6″. And those doors? They’re off of a Frank Lloyd Wright building and going for $35,000 a pair. Yowza! But how awesome would it be to say that you have FLW doors in your house? Amiright?
So if ever you’re in the great city of Chicago, it may behoove you to leave the downtown for just a bit, to take a relaxing train ride to Architectural Artifacts, Inc. Trust me you won’t be disappointed. I think you honestly need to spend a whole weekend there to see everything, it’s just so impressive!
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