Cullman: Garlan Gudger and Southern Architectural

Cullman: Southern Accents/Architectural Antiques

Vintage architectural treasures – Edison bulbs, ceiling fans and decorative tile to fireplace mantels, ironwork and antique doors and windows – can be found at Southern Architectural in Cullman. In 1969, Garlan Gudger began salvaging architectural remnants from Cullman buildings set for demolition. Objects were stored in his two-car garage, then a small shop which grew into Southern Architectural where rescued architectural salvage is restored. Southern Accents is now owned and operated by his son Garland Gudger Jr. and his wife Heather. Gudger Sr. was ahead of his time. Back in 1969, not as many people appreciated architectural salvage as they do today.

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