Leslie Hindman Auctioneers to sell architectural antiques Nov. 1

Zodiac clock face from the Schlitz Brewery clock tower in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, zinc over wood, 90½ inches in diameter, 4½ inches deep. Estimate: $5,000-$7,000. Leslie Hindman Auctioneers image

CHICAGO – Leslie Hindman Auctioneers’ sale on Nov. 1 will celebrate the closing of Architectural Artifacts Inc. on Ravenswood Avenue. in Chicago. Make No Little Plans: The Architectural Artifacts Auction will be conducted at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, 1338 W Lake St. at 10 a.m. Central time/11 a.m. Eastern. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

After 31 years owner Stuart Grannen will officially close the Ravenswood store at the end of 2018. Over the years Grannen has supplied eccentric and unmatched architectural treasures, antiques, and oddities to architects, interior designers, movie and TV productions, as well as to museums and collectors all over the world.

Louis Sullivan designed stair baluster from the Schlesinger and Mayer Department Store, 1899, copper over iron, 9¾ inches wide x 1½ inches deep x 35 inches high. Estimate: $2,000-$4,000. Leslie Hindman Auctioneers image

“After 30 plus years I need a bit of a break from retail, and retail probably needs a break from me,“ remarked Grannen. “I will continue to travel the world nonstop buying remarkable items while refreshing my sense of adventure and design. These fabulous finds will still be available to our customers at architecturalartifacts.com,” says Grannen. “Stay tuned for what I’ve got cooking. There will be a new collaboration between myself and Erik Retzer, the current director of Architectural Artifacts. The new project will be a design-centric store, with a worldwide aesthetic opening early 2019.”

Terra-cotta Native American bust from the Chicago Merchandise Mart, circa 1930, 37½ inches wide x 38 inches deep x 90 inches high. Estimate: $2,000-$4,000. Leslie Hindman Auctioneers image

Founded in 1987 by Grannen, Architectural Artifacts Inc. became an American institution offering an eclectic mix of objects from around the world and fragments from some of the nation’s most significant buildings. Offerings include important art and artifacts from some of Chicago’s most historic buildings plus unusual and fascinating objects from around the globe. The eclectic collection speaks to Grannen’s eye for quality and his sense of adventure.

Enameled double-sided sign, ‘Federal Electric Co., Chicago Pat’d Nov. 17 1903,’ 35 inches wide x 8 inches deep x 118 inches high. Estimate: $6,000-$8,000. Leslie Hindman Auctioneers image

When it opened, Architectural Artifacts, Inc. occupied a 3,000 square-foot space on Chicago’s Ravenswood Avenue. At the time, the city was undergoing massive transformations, and the previous decades brought the demolition of some of Chicago’s most important commercial buildings and private residences. Grannen began salvaging and collecting architectural fragments and ornamentation, valuing each piece as a snapshot of a time and place imbued with history and quality. He soon broadened his interests to a global level and traveled the world for objects that interested him, exemplified great craftsmanship, told a story, or that were simply very cool. By 1992 his space was at capacity, and Grannen purchased a 30,000 square-foot plastics molding factory just a few blocks north. Eight years later he further expanded the store to over 80,000 square feet where
Grannen and his team have amassed a vast collection of objects and pedigreed architectural fragments.