Architectural salvage-hounds in the Northwest have a new destination for discovering recycled treasures. Old Portland Hardware & Architectural spotlights streamlined collections of high-quality architectural antiques in a 4,500-square-foot showroom, along with a wide array of hardware presented in behind-the-counter style, a thing of the past.
“They’ve designed the store to create a customer-centered shopping environment — one that fosters a sense of discovery, but without all the clutter,” says owner Bret Hodgert. “Rather than digging endlessly for hardware, customers can describe what they’re looking for and we’ll bring out what they’re looking for from our bins in the back.
“Unusually large and complete sets” of doors, stained glass windows, and hardware also help differentiate Old Portland from other antique shops in the area, he says. “In most salvage stores you will see one of countless different items, but we are able to offer many complete sets in exceptional condition, while keeping prices the lowest in the area.”
With a variety of experience and a contagious enthusiasm for his work, Hodgert has become Portland’s architectural salvage guru. He found his passion for the business while remodeling old houses and honed his craft at Rejuvenation, where he worked for 10 years and managed the salvage and restoration departments for six years.
“What makes me so happy about this business is the sense of awe and discovery in finding something you’ve never seen before,” he says. “For me, it’s like a never ending treasure hunt.”
Located in what was originally an old lumber yard built in 1947, the store that once housed Maytag appliances has proven to be a find of its own. Keeping in theme with restoring the old, Hodgert has personally added unique touches to the space while keeping key architectural elements intact.
As customers enter the shop, reclaimed tongue-and-groove fir walls provide a warm welcome while serving as an authentic backdrop for displays. A set of glass cases from Oregon Mountain Community showcases unique finds, including a set of ball-and-claw glass table feet discolored to a deep purple hue. The table is speculated to have spent a good part of the century in the hot eastern Oregon desert, where pioneers may have discarded it to remove extra weight from the wagon. “Only sunlight can discolor glass that way, and the table was found overturned near a possible pioneer route.”
Further inside, the cozy storefront gives way to a wide-open warehouse loft with soaring 22-foot ceilings. This area provides ample room for exhibiting the remarkable selection of high quality salvage.
Old Portland Hardware & Architectural is located at 4035 SE Division, Portland, OR and is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm, and earlier than 10 am by appointment. For more information call 503-234-7380 or visit www.oldportlandhardware.com.