Thursday, March 25, 2010

Pasadena Architectural Salvage

I love my house. Someday, however, I want to replace the front door. When I do that I won't want just any old door. I'll want an old door from Pasadena Architectural Salvage.

Every time I visit there's something new to be delighted by. I picture a wrought iron gate re-imagined as wall sculpture. I envision a pair of reclaimed columns in my garden with vines trailing down along their peeling paint. I wonder if those antique light fixtures would work in our kitchen or if the glass drawer pulls would spruce up our built-ins.

When I perused the website I discovered this sentence on the home page: "We welcome children and pets!" Boz likes architectural salvage. We have an outing planned.

The store will soon be moving to a new location. I got myself on the mailing list so I can let you know about it. When you visit, proprietor Gayle Stoner will answer your questions, but don't let her fool you. Kitty is in charge.

23 comments:

pasadenapio said...

A great resource plus a boss that purrs -- it's thd perfect business!

mark said...

I love these places. I could spend a whole day at one of these places. You can see the craftsmanship of the past. Very reasonable prices plus you can barter a bit too.

Bellis said...

I wish my house number was 33 so I could get that gate. But I'm not sure about bartering with a cat...they can be quite tough to negotiate with, can't they?

Susan C said...

In our former house add-on, I used old windows, doors and closet doors from various arch. salvage yards. The quality,beauty and price sure beat Home Depot.

Susan C said...

Just had a brain storm. We will be needing a gate and our address is 1(33)8.

-K- said...

I love that photo and I envy that cat.

Petrea said...

I hadn't thought of bartering. The marked prices aren't cheap at P.A.S. I assume they know what kind of treasures they've got. But perhaps barter would work. And as you say, Susan, the quality and beauty are so far above anything you can get at Home Depot and the like, even if it costs more (which I think not) it's worth it.

J+P said...

I've always found the feline perfectly open to negotiation, provided I'm willing to abandon all my wants and favor the other party with sushi. The canine, on the other hand, is more even handed: they'll accede to your every wish, as long as the deal is struck at the same time, every day, without fail.

lewi14 said...

It's a nice place to spend time at rainy days. Lucky cat...

Pascal Jim said...

Cats Know...

Virginia said...

Well we had the same idea today. J'adore an old door!
Boz will show that cat who's boss......I hope! :)
V

Petrea said...

I've never negotiated with a cat. They're too fast for me.

Virginia, I wouldn't dream of allowing Boz to show the hostess kitty who's boss. Just think of the "you break it you bought it" factor!

Katie said...

Why buy new when you can go to an awesome salvage store like this (and pet a cat while you're there)? Minneapolis had a place called Architectural Antiques like this that I loved to wander around. I almost redid my whole place in church-related stuff, but I resisted. I'll definitely add this to my must-see Pasadena list.

L Barlow, AIA said...

The Pasadena Chapter AIA had a meeting there, got the whole tour, very high quality salvage stuff that you can't get anymore except very expensive custom. Worth the investment, if it's just what you need.

Petrea said...

They have collections I know you'd love, Katie. And thanks for mentioning the place in Minneapolis. You remind me to remind people to check out the links on the store's website for other great salvage shops, including one I love in North Hollywood called Scavenger's Paradise.

Laurie, coming from you that's high praise and very good to know.

Louis la Vache said...

«Louis« really enjoys stores like these - except the one around here are shockingly expensive.

J+P said...

Louis, would you say those prices cow you?

Dina said...

I'd like to squeeze between some of those doors into another world.

Petrea said...

Dina, I think that's part of the appeal of a store like this.

TheChieftess said...

I love these types of stores!!! Awhile back, I went to Heritage Square in Lincoln Heights with a friend who is a docent there...after walking around and admiring all the wonderful old houses and their restoration process, we proceeded to the old church, which is currently their storage...periodically they have a sale to reduce their inventory...it is a plethora of interesting stories just waiting to be discovered and told!!!

Petrea said...

Heritage Square along the 110 freeway? THAT Heritage Square has sales? I must know more.

TheChieftess said...

Yep...don't know much about it other than occasionally they do have sales...or at least they've had one or two! I imagine their website has a newsletter sign up which would then notify you, but don't know...I'm not in the market for that kind of stuff these days so I didn't really pay that close attention...

Havisham Patrizzi said...

Funny on the very day you posted this I was wandering around a place called Liz's Antique Hardware on La Brea. I've never ever seen so many hinges, door knockers, knobs, ornate peep holes in my life. The place smelled like an old train--then I met Liz. She took me to her top floor art gallery, where I drooled over b/w silver gel prints of John Lennon and Mick Jagger. It was lush.

I'll have to check this place out in my hut for antique hardware replacements. Thank you!