"Enterprise Art Glass Works: Preserving Our
Past, Enriching Our Future"
"Enterprise Art Glass Works, a renowned art
glass studio in Milwaukee and the Midwest,
has been producing and restoring windows -
to businesses to homes - for over 100 years.
The company was founded in 1906 by Carl F.
Hartung, and was located in the Enterprise
Building at Second and Michigan Streets.
After about fifteen years, Enterprise Art
Glass moved to 829 W. Michigan Street where
the studio flourished for more than six
decades, under the leadership of Carl, and
eventually his son Gilbert Hartung.
Enterprise has hand-crafted the art glass
for many bungalows in the Milwaukee area
during the massive construction periods
of the Early 20th Century, including
windows, doors, transoms and skylights.
In 1962, Frank
van der Hoogt (known throughout the industry
as Van) joined the company, and soon after
purchased the business from the Hartung
Estate following Gilbert's sudden death. Van
continued to maintain the studio's
reputation for "old world artistry and
quality craftsmanship" for the next forty
years, and also supervised the move to 6600
River Parkway in Wauwatosa in the early
1980's, and then to its current home at 5402
W. State Street in Milwaukee, some twenty
years later. Throughout its rich history,
Enterprise Art Glass has worked in some of
Milwaukee's most prominent buildings and
churches. Their work is visible in the Pabst
Mansion, Mader's Restaurant, Milwaukee
County Courthouse, Wisconsin Lutheran
College, the University of
Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Frieden's United Church
of Christ, St. Michael's Catholic Church,
Kenwood United Methodist Church, St.
Matthews Evangelical Lutheran Church, as
well as many other churches, residences and
buildings in the Midwest.
After years of
growing one of the area's most respected
studios, Van has passed the torch of
ownership, and responsibility, onto Andrew
Paremski, a fellow art glass craftsmen.
Andrew and his staff are devoted to
carrying on the time-honored traditions of
Glass continues to specialize in the
creation and restoration/preservation of
religious and residential stained glass
windows, as well as many other areas of
decorative art glass, including faceted/slab
glass, mosaics, lampshades, etc. Enterprise
Art Glass Works looks forward to the future
as a new chapter unfolds in its service to
the stained glass industry. By
adhering to the Standards and Guidelines
for the Preservation of Historic Stained
Glass of the Stained Glass Association of
America, we are confident we will be
able to continue to meet any of your stained
glass needs with our experience, hard work
and perseverance. Preservation authorities
comment that Enterprise Art Glass is widely
known in the building trades and
architectural profession as one of the
finest places for art glass work in this
part of the country."
recognition of this dedication to "old world
artistry and quality craftsmanship", the
Milwaukee Historic Preservation Commission
presented our studio with the 2005 Cream of
the Cream City Award for Outstanding
Contributions to Historic Preservation in
the City of Milwaukee.
Hartung - Original founder and owner.
artists at the old studio on West Michigan
Street in Milwaukee.
Original Enterprise Art
Glass Works letterhead.
van der Hoogt -- "Van"
Barrett with Cathy and Andrew at the 2005 Cream of the Cream City Awards