Make a Living with Antiques
I found myself in the middle of a fevered dream. Alone on the third floor of a house on Monterey Square, I knocked about a room filled with antiques. Chinese vases, broken beds. Faded photographs in golden frames with faces I faintly recognized. I climbed steps to the fourth floor and looked out a broken window at the nearby Mercer-Williams House. I shuddered. It was cold and in my haste to back up I stumbled, putting my foot into a hole in the floor, and narrowly avoided a crash into a warped, full-length mirror. “Time to wake up, Mikey”.
But this was no dream. I really was inside this store. This abandoned mansion filled with unbelievable antiques. I’ve never seen anything like Alex Raskin Antiques at 441 Bull Street.
Alex Raskin has been in the Noble Hardee mansion for 25 years, and has spent most of that time filling it with finds made at auctions around the world. We went inside knowing full well that we couldn’t afford to buy anything, but just wanting to see the house. Paint is peeling off the walls and windows are broken, but the dilapidation adds enormously to the charm. The guy working allowed us to wander around at our leisure, and the sheer vastness of the place won us over immediately.
It doesn’t look like much from the outside, but don’t hesitate to visit if you’re in the area. The antiques are amazing, expensive, and the eerie feeling inside this historic, deteriorated house is unmatchable.
441 Bull Street
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January 17, 2011 at 7:36 pm Comments (8)