For Julia Shantz, founder of Uniquities Architectural Antiques, “the perfection is in the imperfection.”
Based in Calgary, Uniquities sources architectural antiques and salvage from the U.K., France and Belgium.
“The joy for us is in the hunt, finding those pieces that speak and resonate both historically and aesthetically,” Julia says.
“We acquire salvage from many types of buildings, including mills, schools, hospitals, factories, farm buildings, churches and homes. The U.K. salvages three million tons of building materials a year; consequently, we have the sources and experience to provide quality salvaged building materials.”
“Repurposing is really the most environmentally friendly way to build and furnish,” she says. “Reusing original building elements and antique furniture diverts waste from landfills, saves energy and manufacturing costs, and preserves valuable mineral and forestry resources.”
“It also preserves architectural history,” she adds. “When a carved panel door or an old gate is thrown into the landfill, it is gone forever. The superior craftsmanship, authentic period detail and beautiful patina of old materials simply cannot be reproduced.
Returning to Round Top this fall, Julia has found a home away from home at Market Hill.
“Market Hill is a special place. It has given us the opportunity to personally meet American clients who have quickly become supporters and friends.”
Julia and her team are looking forward to sharing their best finds with them.
“I am very inspired when our clients see the benefits of using antiques and salvaged materials. We want to inspire others to see the beauty and the benefits of preserving these wonderful snippets of history.”
For more information, visit uniquities.ca.