Just down the row of our offices, along the same quiet row of converted warehouses in Ravenswood by the Brown Line is this little gem of a place. Actually “little” is hardly a word to describe this place. Architectural Artifacts, Inc., is a huge — and I mean HUGE — warehouse of architectural and interior pieces, tens of thousands of square feet of floor space. I discovered it a few months ago, quite accidentally, while walking to meet up with a friend at a nearby restaurant. Walking past I noticed a pair of unusually beautiful doors inside a showroom, rested against the walls. If they were selling, I thought to myself, this would be exclusively for trade only. I slowly walked in, with much hesitance, only to be welcomed by a lady inside — “hello, come on in”, as she turned back to whatever she was doing. Ah, the perfect welcome — not ignoring, but not overwhelmingly hard-sell either. From there on, I was like a kid in a candy store. Happily lost.
The place has everything from religious art —
to ironwork from industrial springs, candles and gates —
to time pieces that follow Sun or Stars —
Seats of Clergy, Choir or Churchgoers —
Pieces of whimsy —
The seriously intricate, ornamental or elaborate —
to things “retro” —
Architectural Artifacts, 4325 N. Ravenswood, Chicago IL 60613 • 773.348.0622. Open 10-5, 7 days a week.
Oh, and by the way, those doors I saw leaning against the wall by the entrance? They’re from the mansion of the family that founded Amway.