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Step Back in Time | Architectural Antiques

 

Architectural Antiques
Architectural Antiques | photo copyright Twin Cities Mom

Architectural Antiques is a truly unique retail space in the Twin Cities metro area and has gained national recognition for its work and antique offerings. This incredible place focuses on salvaging beautiful historic items from destruction, giving them new life for decades to come. After their expert deconstruction team carefully removes elements and artifacts from historic homes and buildings that are slated for demolition,  their team of dedicated restoration experts use their extensive knowledge and skill to clean and restore each item, so it is ready for sale and installation in its new home. Everything in this expansive store (over 25,000 square feet!) in NE Minneapolis has been salvaged with the purpose of giving it a new life and staying out of landfills.

Whether you’re renovating an older home or looking to add some character and beauty to a newer home with antique pieces, Architectural Antiques is the place to find what you are looking for. As one of the largest retailers selling original antique artifacts, they are routinely a source for both local homeowners and national architectural designers.

So what kind of things can you find at Architectural Antiques?

Light

Architectural Antiques
Architectural Antiques | photo copyright Twin Cities Mom

Architectural Antiques has a dedicated team of lighting specialists who work to restore every piece of lighting to its former glory. Each of their certified technicians makes sure that each individual lighting piece and fixture is brought up to date and meets strict safety standards, while not compromising the artistry and historical integrity of the original design. The Light Shop is open to the public to bring in personally-owned pieces, antiques, treasures, and finds for expert assistance, rewiring, and restoration.

In the store, lighting fixtures of every kind that have already been cleaned, restored, and rewired and ready to hang in your space. Small decorative sconces and antique pendant lighting of every imaginable shape and size are ready for a new life. Ornate showstopper and quietly elegant chandeliers hang side-by-side in an exhibition of lights, glass shades, and unique works of illuminating art. Architectural Antiques also is the best place to find antique glass shades for all kinds of light fixtures.

Glass

Architectural Antiques
Architectural Antiques | photo copyright Twin Cities Mom

Windows and panels of all shapes, sizes and colors are one of the breathtaking sights here at Architectural Antiques. From leaded and stained glass to beveled clear glass, simple to exquisitely ornate, a dazzling array of salvaged windows are available for sale.

Wood

Architectural Antiques
Architectural Antiques | photo copyright Twin Cities Mom

Indoor, outdoor, large, and small, it’s all here. From small cornices and deocrative pieces, to large-scale wood built-ins and bars, the expert salvage team at Architectural Antiques has saved it from demolition. Find a beautiful mantel, gorgeous doors, elegent columns and moulding, or a set of carved newel posts. Add a high quality antique wood decor item like shelving, bookcase, table, chairs, benche or church pew to your space for a truly unique look.

Metal

 

Architectural Antiques
Architectural Antiques | photo copyright Twin Cities Mom

Wrought iron, bronze, brass, copper, and nickel all have found their place here, ready for a new life in a new home. Indoor and outdoor frames, fencing, brackets, rails, grates, and register covers of every size and shape have been salvaged. With an extensive collection of hinges, door and window hardware, knobs and locks, it’s easy to add beautiful touches of the past to today’s life.

Stone

 

Architectural Antiques
Architectural Antiques | photo copyright Twin Cities Mom

Stone building ornaments, reliefs, and statues in every shape, size, and threatening animal–real or fictional–are proudly on display. Find a fearsome lion, gargoyle, or dragon to guard your indoor or outdoor space. Or look to the heavens with a group of angels or cherubs in sandstone or glazed terracotta. Stone pillars, columns, tiles, and medallions are sure to elevate any space or garden with a nod to the past.

 


Visit & Shop | 1330 Quincy Street NE, Minneapolis

Architectural Antiques
Architectural Antiques | photo copyright Twin Cities Mom

Many of Architectural Antiques’ items are listed for sale on their website, giving a glimpse of the style and selection available. However, nothing beats actually walking through the retail space, and seeing it in person. The craftsmanship, artistry, detail, and uniqueness of these artifacts from the past are something to be experienced and seen to be believed. See the light reflect through colorful stained glass, admire the incredible details of the chandeliers, and the artistry that went into carved banisters or wrought iron works. Get lost in the past at Architectural Antiques, and bring a piece of history into the present in own your home.

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