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Find just the right antique leaded window or chandelier to make a statement or go just for the fun of it. Architectural Artifacts in Ravenswood is holding its second annual auction May 2-4, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Housed inside the early 1900s former Boye Needle (as in knitting) Company, Architectural Artifacts’ 80,000 sq. ft. space is a treasure house of interesting, historic iron, stone, wooden and glass architectural decorations.

For the three-day auction, owner Stuart Grannen has culled about 2,000 items from his inventory of more than 10,000 pieces, including Frank Lloyd Wright leaded glass windows, carved fireplaces and bars, unusual chandeliers, 1893 Chicago World’s Fair street lights and Louis Sullivan ironwork.

Grannen has asked Donley Auction Services and Kraft Auction Services to handle the bidding.

“It will be fun, fast paced and there will be something for everybody,” said Grannen who understands collectors’ passions.

“I’ve been collecting since I was seven years old. I bought a stained-glass window because I liked it.”

When his father asked him what he really wanted to do after he continued to collect during his college years while studying archeology, Grannen said he answered “Be an antique dealer.”

In business since 1987, Grannen pointed out his building is filled with “the strange, odd and wonderful.” He said that while looking at a 10 foot tall totem pole that had been outside a boys camp in upstate New York.

Details: Architectural Artifacts is at 4325 N. Ravenswood, Chicago, IL 60613 For more information visit Architectural Artifacts or call 773-348-0622.

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