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Posted by Architectural Antiques on Friday, November 20, 2015
 
 

 
 
 

 

THE WORK OF JOHN S. BRADSTREET & CO.

As one of Minnesota's premier interior design firms of the early 20th century, the work of John S. Bradstreet & Company is found in many prominent homes in South Minneapolis. As discovered in the attic of a East Calhoun Boulevard address, covered with decades of dust, only with a professional cleaning did we discover what we thought lay beneath these Bradstreet Beauties.

THE TUDOR REVIVAL STYLE

The Romantic English revival period gained popularity in the United States in the early 20th century. This style was partially influenced by the Queen Anne movement that took place during the end of the Victorian era. 

ARCHITECTURAL STONEWORK

Stone has a long history in architecture. From ceremonial stone runes in the European continent, to polished, white stone in Greco-Roman classical orders, to mountain shaped stone temples of Southeast Asia, to the stone block pyramids in Latin America, stone is one of the most commonly used building materials you can find across all continents.

 

THE ARTS AND CRAFT MOVEMENT

The Arts and Crafts movement began in post-Victorian era England. This was during a time at which concerns about the industrialization of life moved some to re-evaluate the importance of hand-craftsmanship, and see it in a positive light.

MID CENTURY INDUSTRIAL

The mid-century brought industrial looking furnishings in classrooms, and offices. The availability of materials that had been used to produce war products could be used for mass produced furnishings. 

CELEBRATED ARTIFACTS: CROSS-FRAMED CHAIRS

If you’ve seen this kind of chair before you’ve probably equated it with royal court or ecclesiastical uses. X-shaped frame chairs were first used in Ancient Egypt, Rome, and Greece used by authorities or magistrates.

 

THE AMERICAN SOUTHWEST

As with many designs in America today, and even in the within the last century, architecture has become a mixture of styles.

TRUE DETECTIVE

How did we find out the history behind the inventory?

GOTHIC STYLE LIGHTING HISTORY

 

GLASS WORK

In 1851, the Crystal Palace, a huge exhibition center made from steel and panes of glass revolutionized the use of glass as a material for domestic architecture.

ILLUMINATION WITH ART GLASS

WOOD FOUNDRY MOLDS

Foundry molds and patterns are wooden tools, carved out or built up to create negative space, which in turn is used to make the inverse form or shape to be used for the casting of metal.

 

WHAT’S THE DEAL WITH SHOWERS?

We receive a lot inquiries about antique showers. Many, many people also comment to us that the bathrooms in their pre-1930s houses, and especially Victorian or Arts & Crafts era homes, lack a shower altogether. And many of these homes are upper class houses or mansions, and even they do not have so much as one shower anywhere in the house!

ORIGINAL G SERVICE

This is a fully functioning 12’’ diameter signal and search light that has been in use since its production in the 40’s. This amazing piece is a must have for any collector of nautical memorabilia, or any connoisseur of U.S. Naval history worth his weight in salt water.

CURTIS & CAMERON

In the late 19th century, the print house Curtis & Cameron began to produce prints to help share important works of art.

 

THE HIDDEN COLOR PALETTES

Find color inspiration in our pieces.

REVOLVING DOOR

We loved pushing through them as kids, and now we recognize them as grand entryways to skyscrapers, luxury hotels, and fancy downtown department stores.

TELEPHONE BOOTH

In Boston, on March 10, 1876, Alexander Graham Bell transmits the first complete message - “Mr. Watson, come here, I want you!” - with the use of his invention, the telephone

 

METROPOLITAN BUILDING: THE FIRST SKYCRAPER IN MINNEAPOLIS

INCORPORATING NEON SIGNAGE INTO HOME DECOR

Neon signs, introduced in 1910 at the Paris Motor Show, are produced by the craft of bending glass tubing into shapes. Here are some stories behind neon signage at Architectural Antiques.

 
 
 

 

SPYHOUSE WEST

A longtime local favorite, Spyhouse Coffee has done it again with their newest location, Spyhouse West. The fourth Spyhouse location, situated in the North Loop, opened in August 2015 and has already made its mark as a neighborhood favorite. 

WHAT IS MINNESOTA'S INTERIOR DESIGN STYLE?


The Twin Cities are "one" of the most distinctive cities in the world in terms of design, and we're not just saying that because we're in Northeast Minneapolis. Many neighborhoods, spread out through the Twin Cities all have distinctive and yet artistic vibes from an architectural and design perspective. But in terms of interior design, we have been wondering if there's a specific style that defines Minnesota?

TATTERSALL DISTILLING

A local distillery incorporates a glamorous chandelier and old English mantle from Architectural Antiques to create a unique mix of modern and antique, lending to their speakeasy vibe.

 

SPYHOUSE COFFEE

Designed by Spyhouse Owner, Christian Johnson, and close friend, Jonathan Gomez Whitney, design builder. The duo wanted to create a "rustic elegance"—a congruency of reclaimed materials and antiques to create a symbiotic relationship conducive to the coffee experience.

2016 THE WORLD OF FASHION AND DECOR ARE COLLIDING

HGTV MAGAZINE

John Colaneri designed his nursery using one of our chandeliers

 

DENNY KEMP SALON

Artist of hair and space, owner Denny Kemp uses his own creative eye in revamping a unique art deco building nestled in a small triangle of northeast Minneapolis.

DONALDSON UPDATE

Undertaking the renovation of this classic home in the Kenwood neighborhood of Minneapolis is a brave undertaking. Behind layers of paint and veined mirrors the new owners of this 1908 treasure were able to see beyond the dated décor and brought this old home new life. 

Architectural Digest magazine: 

Nate Berkus renovates his Manhattan duplex

 

COMING HOME TO IOWA!

This recycled mantle celebrates over 100 Christmas’s!
 

Detailed Vision - Updating a Classic Victorian

Nestled in the treetops of Excelsior, a classic Victorian is given new life with a mix of vintage lighting fixtures, extensive custom woodwork, a wonderful collection of period furniture and some original 1885 charm.

FOXVILLE: INCORPORATING SALVAGE TREASURES

Into new construction adds beauty and charm, which enhances the quality and ambience of this home.

 

NEW CASABLANCA COCKTAIL LOUNGE

Update on the New Casablanca Cocktail Lounge renovation in Brooklyn, NY: Owner Jon Carlson found the perfect chandeliers for his lounge from… you guessed it, Architectural Antiques. 

LOFT EXPOSURE

Remodeling an 1890’s three story store front in a historic St. Paul neighborhood takes perseverance and dedication, but the results can be unique and wonderful.

COOPERVINO WINE BAR

Furnishings coming from past salvages get a new life in a high end wine bar. Located in Cupertino, CA, designer Mark Sylva had an eye for taking old wood furnishings from our store, and creating a rich, comfortable atmosphere.

 

HIFI HAIR

Owner, John Clifford believes “music is fashion” and at his salon incorporates a series of antique doors as hair stations, antique lighting with his collection of art and vintage music equipment.

RAMBLER REDUX

Single story ramblers or ranch style homes, built at a fevered pace in the 1950's and 1960's, can be one of the most sterile house styles built in the 20th century. Don't think that transformation is impossible.  With an open mind and a dash of the bold, a rambler can be so much more.

YEAR OF THE PENDANT

Our prediction of pendants' trends in 2016

 
 

 

HARMONIOUS SPIRIT OF GEORGE WASHINGTON MAHER

25 yeas later, Architectural Antiques saved another George Washington Maher's building.

THE MODERN CAFE

The Modern Café was open for its last day of business on March 14, 2015. Jim and Patty Grell, who had operated the Modern Café for 20 years, had maintained the style of the restaurant to include mid-century furnishings from the time of the original owners.

THE KARCHER HOTEL SALVAGE

Built with a pricetag of $460,000 as one of downtown Waukegan’s two lux hotels: the Karcher Building was designed by architects BK Gibson of Chicago, and welcomed its first guests on June 28, 1928.

 

THREE PILLARS MASONIC HOME

Serving as a dream home for senior members of the community and Wisconsin at large throughout the rest of the 20th century, it became difficult for the historic home to meet senior living codes and regulations. While the lovely architecture will be destroyed, we were fortunate enough to save some of the 20th century beauty of the Masonic Home.

CLASSIC LIMESTONE COLUMN SALVAGE

We fell in love with the wonderful limestone that framed out the entrance. As we hate to see anything end up in a landfill and are always seeking a challenge, the decision was made to save these one of kind pieces. 

UNION TOWN PENNSYLVANIAN SALVAGE

In the late nineteenth century, the town grew based on the development of coal mines and the steel industry. In 2005, Architectural Antiques went to Union Town, Pennsylvania for an historical salvage. This was one of our furthest salvage trip. 

 

ST. THOMAS CHURCH SALVAGE

St. Thomas' architecture was Gothic influenced.  It was constructed with Twin City buff brick and Port Wing brown cut stone from Wisconsin.
At its completion, St. Thomas Church cost $35,000.

BATCHELER TILE ROOM SALVAGE

Just a few minutes before the demo crew was to take a sledge hammer to this little sunroom of tiles, set to be remodeled, one of the men mentioned to the homeowner that maybe some of these tiles could be sold to Architectural Antiques.

CHAPEL OF THE ANGELS SALVAGE

Architectural Antiques conducted this salvage of the Chapel of the Angels which was hidden on the top floor of St Joseph’s Children’s Home in Superior, Wisconsin.

 

EUCLID PLACE SALVAGE

The Euclide Place is located nearby the Lake Calhoun, built in 1911. Right before the new owner was about to remodel it, he was told Architectural Antiques is interested in the treasures.

ROCKELEDGE (KING-WATKINS)

In 1987, members of the E.L. King family decided that Rockledge, their former summer home near Winona, Minnesota, would be torn down. Architectural Antiques bought the salvage rights and saved many pieces of this extravagant Prairie Style home.

MORTON ESTATE - CAROL STREAM SALVAGE

The 8,000 square foot Georgian Mansion built in 1930 had fallen into disrepair and the land out valued the home.  In April of 2005 Architectural Antiques bought the salvage rights to 3 solid paneled rooms.

 

BALDWIN CHURCH SALVAGE

MARRIOTT SALVAGE

400 BAR SALVAGE

 

NORFOLK HOUSE SALVAGE

CHICAGO STAIRCASE SALVAGE

REUSE ARCHITECTURAL ELEMENTS

The need to reduce the amount of construction and demolition waste by saving reusable items is greater than ever before.

 

PETER'S GRILL SALVAGE