A Tour through History and Must-Have Collectibles—Built in 1927, the building which currently houses Beaux Arts Galleria originally served as the Hunter’s Masonic Lodge. The owners, Samir Fayez and Awatif Aoun, purchased the property in 2007 and commenced renovations enabling the Galleria to open its doors on September 11, 2009. This three-story , 10,000 sq. ft. building is truly a local treasure in the 16-squares historic district along with its selection of worldwide collectibles, antiques and home furnishings.
As you enter the galleria, you are welcomed into the main display floor. This floor is breathtaking! You can walk down the foyer countless times admiring various home furnishings, vintage lighting products, and museum-quality home decorations. Items are from all over the world, including collections from France, Italy, Spain, Germany, The Netherlands, Japan, Russia, Korea and Middle Eastern countries. On the right, there are exquisite glass pieces including creations of Daum and Lalique, two of the top glassmakers in France. Towards the back, the Italian carved dining room suite displays a ladylike elegance in its banquet table, sideboard, stacked china cabinet, mirror, and ten side chairs.
As we exit the main floor, let us take the front staircase up to the second floor. The architectural integrity of the building’s original style can be observed, as the original staircase remains for its aesthetic and functional value. Just as you arrive on the second floor, take a minute to admire a selection of copper vessels and artwork. These two large handmade copper vessels can be used as water containers while the small vessels near the window are functioning food containers. Three-dimensional copper artworks hang gallantly, displaying old Jeddah street scenes. From the second floor, you have an excellent balcony view of the main display floor; there is no better way to view one of the 31 chandeliers!
Catch the elevator in the back addition to arrive at the lower level. Yes, one more floor of exquisite pieces. Currently, the floor contains an assortment of pieces mainly from the Middle East. A main attraction is the collection of Syrian Inlaid Mother-of-Pearl, including sets for a bedroom, presidential suite and dining room. And this is where the tour comes to a halt. Are you ready to start collecting or curious to find out about available items to complete your existing collection?
Visit Beaux Arts Galleria located at 105 E. Roanoke St., Tuesday-Saturday 10:00am-6:00pm or call 540-443-0003 to make an appointment. To get started, view their collection at: http://www.beauxartsgalleria.com/.