The History of Enterprise Art Glass Works, Inc.

Enterprise Art Glass Works, Inc., a renowned art glass studio in Milwaukee and the Midwest, has been producing and restoring windows – from churches to businesses to homes – for over 113 years. The company was founded in 1903 by Carl F. Hartung, and was located in the Enterprise Building at Second and Michigan Streets. After about fifteen years, Enterprise Art Glass Works, Inc. 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. Throughout its rich history, Enterprise Art Glass Works, Inc. 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 the business.

Enterprise Art Glass Works, Inc. 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, Inc. 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 Works, Inc. 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.”

In 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.

Our Historical Fire House

As of October, 2009, we are now located in our new facility. Our new building was used as a Fire House until 1999. The building will house our stained glass manufacturing department, our show room, stained glass gallery and sales offices. We will be offering classes and retail supplies sales.

Read more about our fire house and see some photos of the facility.

Carl Hartung

Carl Hartung – Original founder and owner.

Gilbert Hartung

Drafters and artists at the old studio
on West Michigan Street in Milwaukee.

Frank Van

Frank van der Hoogt – “Van”