Interesting facts and articles about decorative plaster including history and locations of plasterers in Milwaukee and nationally.
Milwaukee Plaster Repair
When you live in a city with history like Milwaukee, plaster repair may be something you'll need to look into. When choosing a Milwaukee plaster repair company, it is important to look at the specialty of the company compared to what you need. There are more companies that repair plaster walls, for instance, than repair deocrative or ornamental plaster. And let's face it, that's the tricky stuff to fix- you wouldn't want an electrician to install your woodwork, why would you want a plaster wall repairman poking into your crown moulding?
Milwaukee Plasterer Options
If you were going to a gourmet restaurant, it might be nice to have a chef that Emeril or Wolfgang Puck trained, but wouldn't you rather have the master himself cooking for you?
In Milwaukee, the home of the master plasterers for nearly 100 years has been Orlandini Studios, Ltd. Though they have turned out successful apprentices in Madison, Florida and even here in Milwaukee, why would you go anywhere but the origin of all that skill?
Orlandini Studios- A Milwaukee Tradition
The fountainhead of the Orlandini plastering tradition was Matthew Orlandini who became an apprentice plasterer in Milwaukee in 1918, nearly 100 years ago. In the days when every house had plaster in it, it was necessary to build a reputation for quality and taste. Matthew did both, officially founding Orlandini Studios, Ltd in 1936.
To contact Eugene Orlandini, call 414-272-3657 or email at info@OrlandiniStudios.com.
Professional plasterers are hard to come by. Professional ornamental plasterers, even more so. When you finally find a plasterer who does ornamental work or repair, you'll of course want references, history, some indication that the company or craftsman is reputable. The situation here, in the midwest, is even worse despite having a good many homes and historical buildings in need of plaster repair or restoration.
A Drought in the Great Lakes
Of the ornamental plasterers nationwide, about fify percent are concentrated in California, Massachusetts and Florida. What this means for residents in the Wisconsin/Illinois/Minnesota tri-state area is that it will be hard enough finding a professional plasterer, and a frustrating task to locate a reputable craftsman who works with decorative plaster, can restore molds from pieces, can work with you to create original designs or just artfully repair what you already have in your home or business.
Reputation and Dependability in Milwaukee
Fortunately, Milwaukee is lucky enough to have in its core a third-generation ornamental plaster company, Orlandini Studios, Ltd. Begun in 1936 by Matthew Orlandini and continued by Julian and Eugene respectively, the business has always been highly regarded as far as quality. It is now thought of as one of Milwaukee's gems since, over the years, most other plasterers have been unable to compete in a sharply narrowing market. Part of a respected network of colleagues, many trained by Julian Orlandini himself, Eugene Orlandini will give you honesty and hard work... coin of the realm back in 1936 but sadly not so easy to find anymore. As part of a respected network of colleagues- many trained by Julian himself- Eugene has at his disposal a large cache of resources from the family molds in addition to those available through his contacts, allowing the greatest variety and selection for clients.
To visit the studio and see what Orlandini Studios can offer, call 414-272-3657 or email at Orlandinistudiosltd@yahoo.com
Orlandini Studios was begun by Matthew Orlandini, who began apprenticing for a local plasterer in Milwaukee in 1918.
A fine craftsman in the middle of a bustling city and a growing industry, he started his own business- Orlandini Studios- in 1936.