Made in Tennessee: Architectural Antics


KNOXVILLE (WATE) — Looking for a unique item for your next home project? How about something with story or a bit of history?

If so, it looks like a North Knoxville business has you covered. In fact, they had the salvage rights to one of the historic homes on White Avenue and right now have dozens of new items from that home on sale.

We take you to Architectural Antics in this week’s Made in Tennessee.

It doesn’t take long to see this store is crafter’s and home re-modeler’s paradise. The owners telling us that many people come here after getting idea off Pintrest.

Photo Gallery: Architectural Antics
Photo Gallery: Architectural Antics

Right now old doors and windows are their big sellers. We are told they are often re-purposed into headboards or decorative pieces. Among the ten thousand square feet under roof here and the courtyard are you will find countless other items as well like old staircase railings, stained glass, classic posters and one of a kind lamps.

Abram Hanford pointed to some of his creations while telling us, “I see things in old objects, upcycling as its called now. I make may them into tables and lamps.”

You can also find quite a few pieces, like a mantel, from one of the historic homes from White Avenue that was about to be torn down, Kristin Farley asked the owner, “When you take something like this out of a house, what do you do to keep its structural integrity intact?” The owner explained this large wooden mantel like from the turn of the century, had to be taken apart and rebuilt.”

They had just three days to salvage what they could out of of that old home and while this is a business for them, Owner Greg Patterson said they also like the added benefit of saving something that might have been destroyed, “It’s always nice when someone buys something that doesn’t look finished here, but then they use it to do something and show us a picture. Its a very nice feeling.”

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