Who Are We
Bruce graduated from American University in 1970 with a degree in history. In 1973, he began a business collecting and selling architectural antiques and historic building materials in St. Louis. By 1995, Bruce was collaborating salvage efforts with artist Bob Cassilly to provide materials for the world famous City Museum. For over 40 years, Bruce has also been reclaiming timber and planks from buildings slated for demolition for users across the country, creating American Timber Salvage in 2006.
Laura Johnson is a licensed architect and graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Architecture in 1991. She returned to St. Louis, her home town, and began her career focusing on historic renovations and new infill projects throughout the St. Louis area and with the National Park Service. Laura provides the behind the scenes attention to detail such as creating inventories, drawings and general office support for American Timber Salvage & Architectural Artifacts of St. Louis.
Laura Thake is a graphic designer with a desire to work with interesting clients on unexpected projects. Jumping in to help Bruce and Laura relaunch the Architectural Artifacts brand to a new audience in a new era of home interiors and exteriors was a definite YES!
After The Paint
"After The Paint" was the original name for this little shop located in Soulard, Missouri. Old-timers still call us that, and we're fine with it. Bruce helped many home owners put their historic homes back together with the materials he saved.
After many years of accumulating artifacts, there comes a time when you need to reassess and think about what's next. We hope that
St. Louisans will come back to the city and find treasures for their homes. We've got 36,000 square feet of Architectural Salvage between the warehouse and the yards.
The lion heads above were salvaged from The Marquette Annex which was demolished in 1998 for a parking garage. They can be seen rimming the top edge of the building designed by Eames & Young in 1915.