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Pasadena Architecture Salvage Overflows With Unique Treasures For Homeowners

It’s like a Home Depot filled with the best of yesteryear

Published on Thursday, August 9, 2012 | 9:23 am
Gayle Stoner and Chris Shackelford

Are you trying to replace your plain, boring front door with a striking, solid wood door with character?

Are you looking for that special something that will make your house unique — like an antique weather vane with a flying duck?

Are you in a frustrating scavenger hunt for 75-year-old hardware that nobody seems to sell anymore?

Well, if you go to 2600 E. Foothill Blvd., you’ll find Gayle’s Pasadena Architectural Salvage and you’ll be in the right place.

Gayle Stoner and Chris Shackelford, owners of Pasadena Architectural Salvage, have everything for homeowners looking to makeover, add-on, repair and refurbish their home with quality-tested-by-time home products.

“I think when some people think ‘salvage,’ and hear the name ‘Pasadena Architectural Salvage,’ they assume we’re going to be like a scrap yard or junkyard or something,” says Shackelford. “They don’t understand that we’re very organized and clean. We’re a retail store and we operate like any other retail store where you’d be comfortable walking around.”

At Pasadena Architectural Salvage, “going green” is not just a catch-phrase; it’s their main objective. With thirteen-plus years of experience, Stoner and Shackelford can offer real help for homeowners with that special project with real value.

Pasadena is a city with one of the most active preservation and historic associations in the nation, which only enhances their mission of salvaging architectural items destined for the landfill.

“What we do is try to save as many old architectural pieces that we can, and find new homes for them,” Shackelford continues. “We try to save the pieces from being destroyed or wasted and save these beautiful objects and re-purpose them for people to enjoy forever. That’s the essence of what we do.”

A former English teacher, Stoner began working as a manager in a bookstore and later managed an antique store owned by gentleman in Texas. A series of events occurred that landed her in Pasadena.

“He moved out here and I managed the store in Texas,” Stoner explains. “Then he bought a building here and he asked if I wanted to come out and open the store for him. We’d been at it for about a year when Chris came on board. He happened to be from Texas as well and he fit right in with everything we’re doing. After the owner passed away, Chris and I bought the business.”

Pasadena Salvage has an extensive inventory of salvage antiques including mantels, lighting, stained glass, iron work, and builders’ hardware from the Arts and Crafts, Spanish Revival, Art Nouveau, Victorian and Mid-century Modern periods.

“We look for doors, windows, hardware, lighting, stained glass, anything between 1880 and 1950 that’s good and can still be used,” says Stoner. “We have a dealer from Kansas who scours the Midwest for us about four times a year and brings it to us. The rest is from around here or people who bring things to us that they’ve been collecting.”Many architectural antique items are not shown on their website. According to Shackelford, when a customer sees something similar to what they want, they need only ask to see if it is available. Stoners adds that when a customer doesn’t see something they want they should ask because they have more items that are in the back or at another location.

“We try to have an inventory of things, so that if you’re looking for something, hopefully we have what you are looking for,” explains Shackelford. “The website plays a big part in our business. They can see who we are, what we have and where to find us. We can’t put everything we have online, but we put enough on it so that you can see the range of what we have. I’d like people to get an overall sense of who we are.”

Stoner adds that they are constantly looking for architectural antiques such as certain types of vintage hardware, interior and exterior lighting, interior & exterior doors, and stained & leaded glass windows.

“The things from the 40s ad 50s, we never used to look for those items,” says Stoner. “The thing is that now the older things are starting to wear out, so they are needing to be worked on or replaced. We have people looking for pocket door rollers that we never thought about before. As time goes on, things become more valuable.”

But who’s going to buy that old ceramic umbrella stand, or that old wall map (63” x 47”) of the geographic regions of Belgium?

“We also deal with designers, construction people, studios, anybody and everybody,” says Shackelford. “Some people just come here to get an idea for a project they’re working on or try to find that piece that makes their home a little more unique. We encourage that. We want people to come and walk around and get a feel for it. If they have any questions, and if we can help, we’re happy to do it.”

Pasadena Architectural Salvage is open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday thru Saturday, 12 to 5 p.m. on Sundays, and closed on Mondays. For more information, call 626-535-9655 or visit their website at


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