We all love the New York Times’ distinctive “36 Hours” travel stories, in which a writer treks to some part of the world and tells us how to spend a small slice of time to get a real feel for the destination. And we especially enjoyed the paper’s “36 Hours in Savannah, Georgia,” published in early June, in which writer Ingrid K. Williams identifies our own Alex Raskin Antiques as the “Ikea antidote.”
“Ever wondered where to buy a wooden steamer trunk that very likely crossed the Atlantic in the mid-1800s?” Williams writes. “Then you’ll be delighted to discover Alex Raskin Antiques, in a rambling four-story mansion that’s in an advanced state of deterioration. Explore once-grand halls that overflow with furniture, art, books, rugs and historical curios.”
In honor of his moment in the spotlight, Alex Raskin shares a quick history of his shop and thoughts on life as an antiques dealer in a town that relishes history and design:
I opened my shop in 1976 in the historic district of Savannah on Monterey Square, arguably the most beautiful of all the town’s squares. We’re housed in the Noble Hardee Mansion, Savannah’s largest and the last of the great, unrestored homes. It’s the finest example of Italianate architecture in the city.
We have approximately 15,000 square feet of inventory, unique for its diversity. Right now, I have everything from an Italian Renaissance chair to a Gordon Russell table, designed for Lehman Brothers in 1972. We have a great collection of American pieces, particularly Southern, including folk art, paintings, rugs, and what I believe to be the oldest known piece of Georgia furniture.
Being an antiques dealer is like being on a perpetual treasure hunt. It’s hard work. You go into a consignment shop 60 times and find zilch—but on the 61st visit, there is an American classical recamier. Thrilling!
If a trip to Savannah isn’t yet on your travel agenda, satisfy your wanderlust with a spin through Alex Ruskin’s HighBoy storefront. (Fried green tomatoes and sweet potato soufflé not included.)