ARCHITECTURAL ANTIQUES  1330 Quincy Street NE  Minneapolis, Minnesota  55413  612-332-8344    Monday - Saturday    10:00 AM to 5:00 PM / CST 

ARCHITECTURAL ANTIQUES

1330 Quincy Street NE

Minneapolis, Minnesota  55413

612-332-8344 

Monday - Saturday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM / CST 

illuminating beauty

illuminating beauty

Ornament, when it is really creative, organic ornament, is the very perfume of the architectural flower. It is the smile of the sentiment, the last line in the sonnet."
- Louis Sullivan, American Architect 1934

For over thirty years Architectural Antiques has taken a lot of satisfaction in knowing that each antique architectural element that passes through our store is just on it’s way to a better place, an environment where it will be just as appreciated as the home or building it recently left.And for those who believe that a single antique architectural element has the ability to transform a room or building into something of beauty and harmony, Architectural Antiques is a place for you . . . a place where that transformation is brought to an art. 
We admit that it’s not a painting to be hung on a wall, but art it is. You’re surrounded by it every day in your home, your office or in whatever environment you spend time. It helps celebrate life and work, creates memories and romance, and edifies and inspires those around it! All it takes is a single piece of the past to magically convert sterile environments. This is the reason that some of the top designers in the country shop at our store.

"Integrating Past Environments into Yours" . . . far more than just words to us at Architectural Antiques.

Creating environments that fit your life is a job we take seriously!

vintage original house hardware

vintage original house hardware

is the finishing touch in any home or building that everyone notices, that is why we call it house jewelry!

original hardware has had it all over the centuries; iron, steel, zinc, composite, ceramic, wood, glass, crystal, brass, bronze and with plethora of finishes your choices are personal with entry into any space.

Or to quote longtime customer Tim Kornwolf:

“ you could drive the wheels off your car before you will find another place in this country with the selection & quantity of vintage hardware @ architectural antiques!”

we agree with Tim.  

 its in with the new, and out with the old out goes the warmth, and in comes the cold its the most predictable story told in with the young, out with the old     down with the shine, the perfect shine  it poisons the well and ruins my mind  i get took for a ride, every time  down with the glistening shine     i get took for a ride, every time  down with the glistening shine   The Avett Brothers   "Down with the Shine"

its in with the new, and out with the old out goes the warmth, and in comes the cold its the most predictable story told in with the young, out with the old

 

down with the shine, the perfect shine

it poisons the well and ruins my mind

i get took for a ride, every time

down with the glistening shine

 

i get took for a ride, every time

down with the glistening shine

The Avett Brothers  "Down with the Shine"

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illumination

illumination

Always well stocked with lights manufactured from turn of the century by companies known for their quality lighting. 

With over 3000 antique lights we make sure that we keep our inventory and knowledge up to date. 

You will find we can help you with any of your illumination needs!

early 1900 detailed bronze casting

early 1900 detailed bronze casting

Metal work in this country is in its infancy compared to the rest of the world.  Whether cast or forged, artists have always worked their magic in metals of all shapes and sizes including various Irons, Brass, Bronze & all types of Metal Alloys.

shadows

shadows

"Find beauty not only in the thing itself but in the pattern of the shadows, the light and dark which that thing provides."

junichiro tanizaki

  But, the building's identity resided in the ornament.    - Louis Sullivan (American Architect)

But, the building's identity resided in the ornament.

- Louis Sullivan (American Architect)

stone and terracotta

stone and terracotta

terracotta

Once an exterior shell or decorative building ornament, Terracotta changed the way buildings rose to be skyscrapers.  So you can only imagine the way designers took pride in their designs.  The Once an exterior shell or decorative building ornament, Now, these pieces used inside or out will become the impressive focus for your garden or a piece of art for your home.  The applications in design are endless.

stone

The impressive qualities of carved stone are unmistakable with a long, long history.  In the Renaissance, Leonardo da Vinci slighted Michelangelo as "that stone cutter"! Little did he know that his slight would one day be the highest compliment.   

  Die Baukunst ist eine erstarrte Musik.      Architecture is frozen music.            Goethe— Conversation with Eckermann.  March 23, 1829.

Die Baukunst ist eine erstarrte Musik.

  Architecture is frozen music.

        Goethe—Conversation with Eckermann. March 23, 1829.

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stained, leaded and prairie glass

stained, leaded and prairie glass

Vintage windows in all shapes and sizes, colors and designs we have one of the nation's largest collections of Prairie School, Mission & Victorian stained glass styles. 

   “Ornament is an act of love – or at least a token of esteem. We embellish what we revere. We adorn that which we love. We do not decorate the hero, returning from the wars, to make him pretty – we decorate him to pay him honor. Ornament is deep stuff, greatly misunderstood in recent years.”   
 — Alvin Holm              http://www.alvinholm.com/pdfs/God-is-in-the-details-II.pdf

“Ornament is an act of love – or at least a token of esteem. We embellish what we revere. We adorn that which we love. We do not decorate the hero, returning from the wars, to make him pretty – we decorate him to pay him honor. Ornament is deep stuff, greatly misunderstood in recent years.”— Alvin Holm

 

http://www.alvinholm.com/pdfs/God-is-in-the-details-II.pdf

cabinetry

cabinetry

From a time when craftsmanship was as ART! Primitive to elaborate, we house the best selection of fireplace mantles, buffets, colonnades, cabinetry, vintage front and back bars and full paneled rooms.

  First, there is the bare beauty of the logs themselves with their long lines and firm curves. Then there is the open charm felt of the structural features which are not hidden under plaster and ornament, but are clearly revealed, a charm felt in Japanese architecture.     -- Gustav Stickley (American Architect)

First, there is the bare beauty of the logs themselves with their long lines and firm curves. Then there is the open charm felt of the structural features which are not hidden under plaster and ornament, but are clearly revealed, a charm felt in Japanese architecture.

-- Gustav Stickley (American Architect)

 I believe the right question to ask, respecting all ornament, is simply this; was it done with enjoyment, was the carver happy while he was about it? -- John Ruskin (English Writer)   

I believe the right question to ask, respecting all ornament, is simply this; was it done with enjoyment, was the carver happy while he was about it?
-- John Ruskin (English Writer)

 

  Well we got no class And we got no principles And we got no innocence We can't even think of a word that rhymes  School's out for summer School's out forever School's been blown to pieces  No more pencils No more books No more teacher's dirty looks  Out for summer Out till fall We might not go back at all  School's out forever School's out for summer School's out with fever.       Alice Cooper  from School Out

Well we got no class
And we got no principles
And we got no innocence
We can't even think of a word that rhymes

School's out for summer
School's out forever
School's been blown to pieces

No more pencils
No more books
No more teacher's dirty looks

Out for summer
Out till fall
We might not go back at all

School's out forever
School's out for summer
School's out with fever.

 

Alice Cooper from School Out

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 She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.  And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.  Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”  Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,   “Glory to God in the highest heaven,   and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”   When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”  So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.  Luke 2:11-18

She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.

Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.

Luke 2:11-18

ecclesiastical artifacts

ecclesiastical artifacts

Architectural Antiques has the reputation of recovering the finest collection of ecclesiastical artifacts from churches across the country.  Our selection includes hand-painted stained glass, statuary, pews & seating, ornate inlaid paneling, altars with gold leaf details, candelabras, prints & religious icons. 

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  It takes guys as simple as the Dude and Walter to make a story this complicated … and they'd really rather be bowling.    The Big Lebowski

It takes guys as simple as the Dude and Walter to make a story this complicated … and they'd really rather be bowling.

The Big Lebowski

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