Do you love seeing a well-placed fountain in a luscious garden? Or the intricate details on an antique door? So does Roy Morton, owner of Architectural Heritage. Roy opened Architectural Heritage in 1994 in Birmingham, AL to reach an untapped market of antique collectors with an interest in architectural antiques from around the world. Roy sat down with us to talk about the unique beauty that comes with architectural piece, and the beginning of his love for antiques.
How did you get in the antiques business?
I have always loved beautiful pieces of furniture. My mother owned her own antique store for many years. When I was in my early thirties, my wife and I decided to open our own small antique shop. Little did we realize that it would be the beginning of a never-ending love affair with buying, selling, and restoring French architectural pieces.
What makes antique architectural pieces so special?
I love finding all of these amazing and interesting pieces that are a part of history. I feel especially great about the fact that vintage is great for the environment — it is the ultimate in recycling, reusing, and repurposing. They really just do not make things like they used to.
Why do you think people should decorate more with antiques?
Adding antiques to your style whether it is modern or minimalist can add flair and warmth to any room. Putting a patina to your home décor isn’t difficult. Antiques allow individuals the opportunity to express their unique styles with one of a kind finds that you do not find at the house next door.
How did Architectural Heritage get its start?
In 1994, I had a vision. I discovered an untouched market of individuals who valued the beauty, history and personality of architectural antiques from around the world; hence the birth of Architectural Heritage.
Tucked inside our expanse of 6,500 square foot warehouse or nestled in the outdoor garden, the distinctive architectural element that you are searching for can be found here somewhere.
What can shoppers find at Architectural Heritage?
Our inventory selections are changing constantly, and the list of riches amongst them is infinite- limestone mantels from the South of France, marble and stone statuary, chimney pots, stacks of old doors, iron gates, planters, urns, baptismal fonts, one-of-a-kind garden pieces, and terracotta tile out of a chateau in the French countryside.
Discover garden pieces from some of the finest European architectural antiques from the 18th and 19th centuries in Architectural Heritage’s collection right here on The HighBoy: