The Brass Knob Back Doors Warehouse is Closing Up Shop

The Brass Knob Back Doors Warehouse is Closing Up Shop

Leah Moss
Nov 8, 2010

The devastating news is true: DC's beloved Brass Knob Back Doors Warehouse — home to an inspired and eclectic stock of architectural salvage — will close its doors by the end of the month. After 30 years in the business, owner Ron Allan will be moving on to other ventures. However, there is a silver lining, everything is for sale and prices are negotiable!

The closing has been widely publicized in the past few weeks — nor surprising given its popularity with designers, DIYers, and home buffs alike. It has been the go-to spot for everything from vintage plumbing fixtures to intricate mantels since it opened its doors in 1991. According to the Washington Post, Ron cites the prohibitive rent, "the economy, the extreme weather and the city's shift to modern condos" as reasons for the store's closing.

Ron will be keeping the doors open for a few more days, so if you haven't visited yet, go before it closes forever! You can get a good idea of Ron's wares through the Warehouse's website. Urban Turf reports that Ron will be sending the remainder of his stock over to our friends at the Community Forklift, which will help to keep valuable architectural resources out of the landfill.

To learn more about the store's origin and closing, check out Urban Turf's article and The Washington Post's write up.

You can also check out The Brass Knob Warehouse's facebook page for updates on the closing.

The Warehouse's closing will not affect the Brass Knob Architectural Antiques store in Adams Morgan, which will remain open.

Image: Brass Knob Back Doors Warehouse Facebook page

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