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Where to Shop in Pasadena, California

This bungalow-friendly city boasts a wealth of stores carrying old-house parts. By Clare M. Alexander

    Mission West Kitchen & Bath

    Mission West Kitchen & Bath

    Mission Tile West
    853 Mission Street

    If you’re looking for stunning art tile for a kitchen or bath restoration, this is the place to find it. From earthy Batchelder reproductions to decorative Motawi accents, the store carries handmade tile from more than 200 manufacturers, including their own line of mid-century, Malibu, and Spanish Colonial revival tile.

    Mission West Kitchen & Bath
    905 Mission Street

    You can finish off that kitchen or bath project right next door. This offshoot of Mission Tile West, which opened in 2011, is a fully stocked showroom with a bevy of period fixtures, appliances, cabinetry, hardware, and lighting.

    Crown City Hardware
    1047 N. Allen Ave.

    Crown City started as a basic hardware store in 1916 and has grown into one of the largest reproduction hardware manufacturers. The company carries every type of old-house hardware imaginable in its Pasadena showroom, from jewel-like cut glass knobs to cast iron hinges for screen doors. Their service department also can repair or re-create original hardware.

    George’s Pipe and Plumbing Supply
    99 Palmetto Drive

    George’s has been keeping Pasadena bathrooms supplied with period-friendly fixtures since 1946; their showroom now includes kitchen sinks and faucets in a range of styles, too.

    Gayle's Pasadena Architectural Salvage

    Gayle's Pasadena Architectural Salvage

    Gayle’s Pasadena Architectural Salvage
    2600 E. Foothill Blvd.

    This 14,000-square-foot warehouse carries a wide variety of salvaged house parts, from doors and windows to hardware and lighting. Not surprisingly given the location, many of the items in the store’s inventory have an Arts & Crafts bent, from built-in buffets to Prairie-style leaded glass windows.

    Architectural Detail
    2602 E. Foothill Blvd.

    If you can’t find what you’re looking for at Pasadena Architectural Salvage, head next door to Architectural Details. With more than 40 years of restoration experience under his belt, owner Skip Willett is an excellent resource. His specialty is antique hardware and plumbing, but you’ll also find building materials like casement windows and clay roofing tile here. (The store is only open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., so plan accordingly.)

    Revival Antiques
    527 S. Fair Oaks

    Need a unique, eye-catching light fixture to serve as a focal point in a room? This is the place to go. In addition to pottery, furniture, and architectural pieces, Revival Antiques is known for its selection of one-of-a-kind antique light fixtures, most of which date to the 1920s and ‘30s. Be prepared to splurge—the more elaborate fixtures can run into four figures.

    Elsewhere in Los Angeles



    7366 Beverly Blvd.

    Based out of a 1925 factory building in downtown L.A., Modernica is the place to go if you’re looking for authentic reproductions of mid-century modern classics—they carry everything from molded fiberglass Eames-style chairs in every color of the rainbow to sculptural George Nelson bubble lamps.

    8780 Venice Blvd.

    The venerable supplier of reproduction hardware and lighting opened its third storefront in Los Angeles in 2011. Located in the historic Helms Bakery District in Culver City, the store carries all of Rejuvenation’s popular reproduction products, as well as antique hardware, lighting, and architectural salvage.

    Linoleum City
    4849 Santa Monica Blvd.

    Period-friendly resilient flooring can be hard to come by at modern showrooms, but not at Linoleum City, which has been in business since 1948. In addition to linoleum, they also carry a wide selection of cork and rubber flooring in their 15,000-square-foot space.

    Liz’s Antique Hardware
    453 South La Brea

    Boasting more than a million pieces of antique hardware from 1860 to 1970, Liz’s is the place to go if you’re looking for a matching set of distinctive vintage knobs. Their store on L.A.’s Miracle Mile also carries lighting and bathroom accessories, along with their own proprietary line of contemporary hardware.

    Published in: Old-House Journal February/March 2013

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