Those who love and appreciate architectural antiques the way we do seem to understand that each piece is unique. The beauty of an architectural relic can be found in both the design and the craftsmanship. We hold a certain amount of awe and respect for the history of each piece that enters our showroom. Occasionally we will acquire a specific item that we become particularly attached to, as is the case with this 1890’s balcony.
The balcony was acquired from a picker in Chicago 8 years ago. It was one of two beautiful pieces attached to a structure that was scheduled for demolition. The demolition crew underestimated the weight of the pieces. When they tried to move the first one, the tow strap broke and the piece hit the ground, shattering. Thankfully the second one was safely removed from the dwelling and in 2004 found it’s way to Southern Accents.
The 8 foot long iron piece was placed in the “Alley”, the outside area between our showroom and our mantel warehouse. Over the past 8 years this beautiful piece has served many purposes. It has been a very popular prop for area photographers. Because the balcony was housed outside, photographers showed up often, camera in hand, subjects in tow, ready to capture pictures.
The balcony has also served as a focal point and resting place during our famous alley parties!
The balcony which has been a recognized mainstay on our property for all these years has found a new home! It recently traveled north to Kentucky where it will be given a new life with it’s new owner.
Although we are always thrilled when one of our favorites finds a new owner, this piece will be missed. Currently there’s an empty spot in the alley. We’re all trying to decide what’s going to take it’s place!
A big thank you to Shelly Smith Photography! Shelly snapped the first two pictures above during a recent photo shoot.