How it all Began!



Salvaging well over 1000 buildings of all types, traveling 1000’s of kilometers, hauling literally tonnes of material, they are still here. Despite broken bones, sliding off roof tops, falling through floors, splinters, brick dust and flea infestations, Chris and Scott seem to be in one piece and sane. For more than 30 years, Artefacts has grown to become the prime source of quality architectural salvage in Canada.


In the beginning, the virtual demolition of nine houses, first fodder for the bulldozer, then waste at a dump, lead directly to the formation, in 1986, of Artefacts Architectural Antiques. Since then, Artefacts has become an indispensable resource for people interested in restoring, renovating and just plain fixing up their buildings. As interest in architectural history has grown, so has Artefacts’ desire to renovate our country’s built heritage. A sub-conscious need for tangible remnants of our past, apart from nostalgia, also fuels Artefacts’ drive to salvage and rebuild using antique architectural pieces. 

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In this respect, our clientele has changed with us, broadening the scope of what can be done with our “fragments”. To better serve our imaginative clientele, Artefacts has expanded the selection of stock entering the shop. Thus, traditional items such as doors, complete front entrances, fireplace mantels, stair components, cast iron floor grates and door hardware of brass and iron have been augmented by decorative columns, cornice brackets, ornate fireplace tiles, tin ceiling, iron fencing, carved stonework, terra cotta plus an assortment of ornamental cast and wrought iron gates and window grills.

After 18 years in downtown St Jacobs, Artefacts moved to a larger facility a few blocks away on the edge of town. With more natural light, more room and better parking, a new era was begun. The larger building also allowed Artefacts to combine the showroom with the cabinetry and finishing studios (formerly located in Kitchener) where our pieces are transformed into new uses.

Over 9000 square feet provides an atmosphere to view our stock in the rough or re-interpreted as functional art pieces in our showroom.

The staff at Artefacts, skilled, versatile and creative, are ready to assist each individual in the application or re-interpretation of each of our antique pieces.

Recent projects include an island kitchen constructed of 1830 pine wainscoting from Grafton, Ontario, an entertainment unit built around a pair of shutters (1835) from Pennsylvania, and a headboard shaped using a wrought iron grill from a basement window in Baltimore, Md (c1865). On a grander scale, Artefacts supplied the details for the CP Hotel restaurant in Whistler, BC. 


There is more to see than can readily be explained. A visit is a must! Artefacts is located in the village of St. Jacobs, Ontario, north of Kitchener-Waterloo.

Open Wednesday through Saturday 10 - 5,
Monday and Tuesday by Chance (a call ahead is recommended)

(519) 664-3760

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