Architectural Salvage Store in Washington, DC
For the last few decades, many home-buyers throughout the country are opting out of the newest and latest in suburban architecture, and teeming back into urban neighborhoods and vintage homes, seemingly in droves. The trend in urban renewal leans toward home restoration, and the more authentic, the better. Homeowners in every city, large and small, are lovingly restoring homes to their previous glory, honoring the authenticity of the architectural period, while making a beautiful and livable family home.
The Brass Knob Architectural Antiques recognizes the need for legitimate hardware, doorknobs, fixtures, lighting and many other pieces necessary for an authentic restoration. What began in 1981 as Washington DC’s premier source for all architectural antiques, is now considered one of the most reliable resources for home restoration in the country. The Brass Knob earned a reputation as the go-to shop for all American antique and vintage items necessary for restoring and preserving older homes, by providing a unique inventory which spans the architectural periods from 1870-1940.
Offering an available inventory of decorative, as well as functional, items for restoration and interior design, The Brass Knob suits all your antique and vintage needs. Specializing in such rich and storied architectural periods as Georgian, Colonial Revival, Rococo, Victorian, Mission, Art Nouveau, Arts and Crafts and Art Deco, our inventory is sure to satisfy your quest. Our expert staff can provide assistance in all areas of your antique and vintage restoration, including design, architecture, lighting, and authentication.
A Bit of the History of Our Architectural Salvage Company
What began as a doorknob collection in the 1970s has evolved into one of the foremost authoritative sources for architectural antiques in the country. With a mutual passion for restoring long-forgotten architecture to its original glory, and a shared eye for beauty and design, Ron Allan and Donetta George opened The Brass Knob Architectural Antiques in 1981. Over the next decades, Ron and Donetta amassed a huge inventory of specialty and hard-to-find architectural pieces, building their business and reputation with those professional designers seeking quality period architectural pieces and ornaments.
Ron retired in 2011, but the store remains, and continues to grow on a foundation honed through years of professional knowledge and unique inventory. The Brass Knob enjoys a reputation for quality architectural antiques which stretches far beyond the confines of Washington, DC, or even the Eastern US
The Source for Authentic Architectural Items in Washington, DC & Nationwide
Architectural Salvage has long been a passion of those at The Brass Knob. Rescuing and restoring those items which make a house a home-stained glass, newel posts, fireplace mantles, doors and hardware, bath and kitchen fixtures and accessories, lighting- and many other functional, yet authentic, pieces necessary for a true restoration. And, yes, we even have the occasional brass knob in our inventory.
As you may imagine, the Washington, DC area is rife with historic homes and buildings. Not all of these structures are able to be restored, and commonly, the buildings are torn down, the land repurposed. Of course, many of the pieces inside these structures are salvageable and provide the bulk of our inventory. Our store also buys and sells items from other areas, repurposing architectural salvage from all over the country.
If you’re restoring a home, or simply adding vintage panache to your décor, come browse our inventory. In the DC area, stop by our 18th Street Location. We’re open Monday-Saturday from 10:30-6:00 pm, and Sundays from noon-5:00 pm. You can always browse our inventory online, and check back often as we acquire items daily. For specific items, or questions about your restoration, contact The Brass Knob directly. We take your trust to heart.