Trip to Lucan

Lucan is a small town approximately 30 minutes West off St Marys. It's mostly known for the Donnellys, a family of ruthless criminals, murdered by the towns people. This link will bring you to The Donnelly Murders history page. This happened in the later part of the 19th-century so I'm in keeping with my Victorian theme here. But the purpose of my visit to Lucan is for this store, Lucan Architectural. Let's browse...

I have to say that when we first saw this shop four years ago, it was filled with authentic architectural salvages. Tons of antique and vintage doors of all styles, pillars, Victorian gingerbread details, windows and stained glass, light fixtures, furniture and hardware from houses that were long gone. There are a few of these items left such as this filling cabinet, but most of the store is now filled with Asian-made reproductions.

I'm not passing judgement, business survival in this global economy is certainly more complex than it was during the Victorian times.

There's something for every taste and budget, from the tacky whimsical...

... to the grand estate items. These huge pieces could look very impressive given the right architectural context - in scale, proportion and land size. This being said, it's surprising to see these 'old world chateau style' items sold in a small farm town. They most certainly cater to the new 'monster home' developments popping up in the London sub-divisions.

I wouldn't mind having this lion sleeping on my front lawn, surrounded by a bed of wild roses. I can totally see it, but it's not in the budget for now.  

These Victorian style hanging basket would look very nice around my porch as well.

Of course, I had to include this cutie pie. 

Aside from The Donnelly Museum, there's not much else to see in Lucan, so we headed back after eating our ice cream cone, slightly disapointed that the authentic old stuff was gone.