Architectural Salvage Announces Closing After 28 Years of Reclaiming History in San Diego

Architectural Salvage, a pioneer in San Diego‘s vintage and reclaimed interior scene, announces its planned closure after 28 years with a Celebration Sale on January 12 to 14.

Founded by artist and historic preservationist Elizabeth Scalice, this beloved store has been a treasure trove for adventurous homeowners, restoration enthusiasts, and designers, offering an array of unique, reclaimed vintage pieces for homes, restaurants, and gardens.

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Inspired by her experience completing the Thames Swim Marathon in London last year, Scalice realized her desire to explore life beyond the store.

“The main goal now is to honor the legacy of Architectural Salvage. It’s been a beacon of positivity and a source of joy for so many, and I love hearing the stories of homes that have been restored as a result of the shop. I look forward to seeing its legacy continue even after our doors close in March.”

The Legacy of Architectural Salvage

“For 28 years, we’ve been an integral part of San Diego’s story, helping to restore pieces of its heart and soul,” reflects owner Elizabeth Scalice. “Saying goodbye is bittersweet, but I’m filled with pride and gratitude for our community’s support. This upcoming sale is our way of expressing thanks and celebrating everything we’ve cherished together.”

Elizabeth Scalice

From its inception, the home improvement store has championed reuse, with Scalice’s artistic background and environmentalist passion shaping its mission. The store’s commitment to environmental stewardship and landfill diversion was recognized with the San Diego Earth Award in 2004.

The journey began with a tiny house in Encinitas, built using alternatively sourced materials, inspiring the retail store’s opening in Little Italy in 1996. Architectural Salvage quickly became a community cornerstone, fulfilling a growing need for sustainable, reclaimed materials and historic preservation.

A Treasure Trove of Reclaimed Gems

Architectural Salvage’s eclectic inventory includes everything from windows and bathtubs to doorknobs and light fixtures, sourced from locales as varied as abandoned nunneries, the streets of Egypt, and the markets of Budapest.

Gaining a diverse following over the years, the store has attracted everyone from first-time homeowners to celebrities like Barbara Streisand, Bill Murray, and Tom Waites, and has been featured in The New York Times, Departures, and numerous regional publications.

Cohn Restaurant Group has been a frequent client, with reclaimed pieces from the store featured in San Diego foodie hotspots like Craft & Commerce.

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The store has also been a vital part of the historic preservation movement in San Diego, helping countless homeowners restore and maintain the city’s architectural heritage. This commitment was exemplified in Scalice’s own home renovation project, the William and Ida Cook House in Mission Hills, a notable endeavor that won her a SOHO People in Preservation Award in 2011.

Celebration Sale!

From January 12 to 14, the home improvement store invites you to a final sale and celebration of its legacy. The three-day event will include celebratory slices of cake, deep discounts on inventory, and an opportunity to reflect on the store’s legacy with owner Elizabeth Scalice.

You’re invited to bring in photos of your cherished finds, especially those of Patina the cat, a beloved fixture of the store from its early days at the corner of Grape & India Streets, to create a shared memory board.

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See you there!

Architectural Salvage will host its Celebration Sale on January 12 and 13 from 10 AM to 5:30 PM and on January 14 from 11 AM to 5 PM at 2401 Kettner Blvd, in Little Italy.

For more information, visit here or call (619) 696-1313.

See you there, San Diego!

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