03rd Nov2011

Pasadena Architectural Salvage

by Dinah Wulf

The vintage long wash sink turned planter in the front says it all.  The unknown history of the cracks and rusty legs fascinates me. Gayle’s Pasadena Architectural Salvage is the epitome of eco-friendly design. Their main objective is to salvage architecturally antique items, both commercial and residential destined for the landfill.

The reclamation industry is an industry that I didn’t really know existed prior to writing this blog.  Rather, I didn’t realize its magnitude and impact on design.  It is a “green” industry that promotes recycling and reuse before ending up at the landfill. Hey! Kind of like my blog! Architectural salvaged items include lumber, hardware,
mantels, furniture, lighting, glass, iron, you name it.  Typically from period homes, each piece has history and tells its own story.

Walking into this accumulation of antiquity was an adventure in itself.  Every corner had treasure behind it. I was in love the moment I entered (actually, the moment I saw that sink!).  You may (or may not) know that I love industrial style design.  Check out these lamps and mail sorters.

Here are some other intriguing items. There were entire walls dedicated to grates, skeleton keys, and keyholes.  There were rows of doors, stained glass, and iron gates.  Their inventory represents the Arts & Crafts, Spanish Revival, Art Nouveau and Victorian periods.

Gayle’s Pasadena Architectural Salvage is located at 2600 E. Foothill Boulevard in Pasadena, CA 91107.  The hours of operation are Tuesday- Saturday 9:30AM – 5:30PM, Sunday 12PM-5PM, and they are closed on Mondays.  Don’t forget to say hello to the friendly gray cat that greats you.


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Dinah Wulf
Dinah is a craft, home décor, & DIY Blogger for www.diyinspired.com, an eco-friendly site promoting repurposing through reinvention. She has a Master of Arts Degree in Speech Communication from California State University Fullerton. Formerly an educator at CSUF and business owner, she now is a full time writer, Curator for Style Me Pretty Living, 3M DIY Expert, and a member of Martha’s Circle. She has blogged for multiple websites including Fix.com, Earth 911, Home Made Simple, and Sprout Online and has been published in a few magazines and ebooks. Her website, DIY Inspired has been recognized by Mashable, Parenting.com, and Buzzfeed.
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