Chicago architecture is known for being amongst the best in the world and for that reason, it makes sense that there would be a place that showcases incredible architectural finds; some of them antique, some of them highly unusual. Architectural Artifacts, Inc. is that place in Chicago.
Architectural Artifacts, Inc. (4325 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago IL) has been around since 1987, when the founders set out to find the most amazing “lost treasures” from around the world. These intriguing objects of architectural salvage are now housed in a over 80,000-square-foot warehouse, and a 15,000-square-foot museum.
Many of these are for sale – but they won’t come cheap; every piece is one-of-a-kind, rescued, carefully restored or preserved, and given a new life. If you can afford these, you’ll take home an item with a wonderful story, but if you’re not looking to buy, it’s still fun to wander the gallery and wonder at the old Japanese tea-pot and stand from the 19th century, the stone wine vessels, mid-century chandeliers, ancient doors, stained glass, religious artifacts, a carousel rooster, and even vintage signage.
The warehouse itself is worthy of notice, booked often for weddings and other special events. Architectural Artifacts, Inc. is located in two turn-of-the-20th-century brick buildings in Chicago’s historic Ravenswood neighborhood, tied together by a newly constructed atrium in between the two.
There is also a courtyard where the owners display the really big stuff, like massive stone columns, statues and unusual outdoor furniture. Of note is that the store is dog-friendly (so you don’t have to leave you four-legged pals at home!).
At the time of writing, the museum is still being built, on the ground floor. Once it’s completed, it will be free and will display unique elements from historic Chicago landmarks, saved from the wrecking balls.
More information on the Architectural Objects, Inc. website.
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