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Pope St. John XXIII Stained Glass Window at Mundelein Seminary

Posted by Ellen Bley on Dec 11, 2014 3:43:54 PM


Pope John XXIII (r.1958-1963) has been called the "Joyful Pope" and the "Good Pope," based on his good humor and gentle nature. Canonized in April of 2014, Pope St. John XXIII was known for speaking passionately in support of equality for all people, mending relations between Catholics and Jews, and calling the Second Vatican Council to order. His famed encyclical Pacem in Terris called for international efforts towards world peace, appearing just months after the Pope served as intermediary between the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cuban Missile Crisis. While he did not live to see the end of Vatican II, the council over which John XXIII presided presented a new Catholicism to the world - one that emphasized ecumenism, participation of the laity and renewal for the modern age.   

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Topics: Traditional Stained Glass

In the Beginning...

Posted by Ellen Bley on Nov 19, 2014 7:54:00 AM

Adrian Wewer Centennial Celebration 

This year marks one hundred years since the passing of Brother Adrian Wewer, an architect who designed and built many impressive churches, seminaries, schools, and hospitals for the American Catholic Community at at the turn of the 20th century. Brother Adrian was an architect of great influence, responsible for the design and construction of over 100 churches in the United States. His contemporaries included well-known architects Ralph Adams Cramm and Patrick Keely.


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Topics: Conferences

Saint John Paul II Chapel Stained Glass Windows Installed at Mundelein Seminary

Posted by Ellen Bley on Nov 18, 2014 1:24:00 PM


Window Designs Feature 19 Saints

Traditional-Styled Stained Glass   


 Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

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Topics: Art Glass Inspiration Guide

Rotunda Dome Restoration Complete

Posted by Ellen Bley on Nov 4, 2014 1:13:00 PM

Conrad Schmitt Studios recognized at dedication ceremony 

On Saturday, November 2nd, the South Dakota State Capitol celebrated the state's 125th anniversary of statehood and the completion of their monumental stained glass restoration project. The event featured a performance by the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra and addresses from Governor Dennis Daugaard and State Supreme Court Justice, David Gilbertson.

Kevin Grabowski of Conrad Schmitt Studios accepting a commemorative plaque

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Topics: Projects


Posted by Staff Writer on Oct 30, 2014 11:43:00 AM


What our clients say matters most.

For over 125 years, decorating church interiors has been an integral part of the Conrad Schmitt Studios identity. These projects remain some of our most fulfilling work. Increasing the aesthetic appeal of a worship space has a dramatic effect on the community.

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Topics: Projects, St. Peter Catholic Church, Omaha, NE, St. Patrick Catholic Church, Erie, PA, Cathedral of St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church, St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church, Abbeville, LA, St. Genevieve Catholic Church Lafayette, LA, Rennovation, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

Rise and Shine: Capitol's Stained Glass Reinstalled

Posted by Ellen Bley on Sep 17, 2014 1:17:00 PM

South Dakota Capitol Rotunda Dome

Stained Glass Restoration


Rotunda Dome - Stained Glass and Stenciling

Craftsmen from Conrad Schmitt Studios are installing the recently conserved stained glass windows in South Dakota’s State Capitol rotunda dome. Passersby, including the governor and lieutenant-governor, gazed upward to watch the 64 curved panels of colored glass rise through the air in mesh nets. In this video from Keloland news, CSS Project Director Kevin Grabowski discusses the challenges of working on these fragile, antique panels.

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Topics: The Capitol Building, SD in partnership with Sharp, Projects, South Dakota Capitol Restoration, Stained Glass Renovation

Conrad Schmitt Studios History

Posted by Ellen Bley on Jul 12, 2014 2:10:00 PM

  • Studio History

    Since 1889: The History of the Conrad Schmitt Studios

    The Conrad Schmitt Studios Story

    For over a century, Conrad Schmitt Studios has advanced a tradition of excellence in artistry and craftsmanship. Concern for the artistic value of a project is paramount. Studio artisans do more than paint walls or assemble windows - they create enduring works of art.

    A Proud Heritage

    The Studio was founded in Milwaukee in 1889 by Conrad Schmitt, the son of Bavarian immigrants. The firm remained in the Schmitt family until 1953, at which time it was purchased by long-time employee, Bernard O. Gruenke. Today, the third generation of the Gruenke family is involved in the company, a reflection of the dedication and longevity which typifies the Conrad Schmitt Studios.

    The Studio’s roots can be traced to ecclesiastical and decorative art, stained glass, and interior design. Preserving the past through comprehensive investigation, analysis, and documentation is a vital component of the Studio’s business. Conrad Schmitt Studios has conserved stained glass windows designed by famous artists such as Louis Comfort Tiffany, Thomas O’Shaughnessy, John LaFarge, F.X. Zettler, and Mayer of Munich; and restored theatres designed by architects Rapp & Rapp, John Eberson, C. Howard Crane, and Thomas Lamb, and religious and secular buildings designed by Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright, and others. 

    In addition to conservation and restoration, the Studio has designed and created art glass and interiors for buildings of architectural and historic significance throughout the country and abroad, including basilicas, cathedrals, churches, synagogues, theatres, train stations, hotels, universities, state capitols, and government buildings.

    A Special Way of Doing Business

    Although Conrad Schmitt Studios is the largest firm of its kind in the country, the Studio succeeds in maintaining a one-on-one relationship with clients. Whether working with a small committee or a multi-national contractor, Conrad Schmitt Studios’ focus remains the same - client satisfaction and artistic integrity. The Studio works with clients every step of the way, from initial consultations regarding design and fundraising issues, through installation and dedication. However, the involvement does not end there. The Studio ensures that its work continues to live up to client expectations and its own high standards.

    Talent and Experience

    Conrad Schmitt Studios actively seeks out the most highly skilled artisans and craftspeople from the United States and abroad. Many have been trained in the centuries-old traditions of stained glass, decorative painting, sculpture, and mosaic. Teams of decorative artists work on projects across the country, under the direction of experienced foremen. The staff at the New Berlin, Wisconsin Studio works on a wide variety of art and glass projects, including those that have been carefully transported from locations near and far. Conrad Schmitt Studios’ management philosophy focuses on the team concept. All of the departments work together to create the best art possible.

    A Wealth of Resources

    Conrad Schmitt Studios has one of the largest inventories of glass in the country. The vast collection contains antique, rolled, imported, and original Tiffany Studio's glass, as well as hand-made stained glass jewels. This inventory was greatly enhanced by the acquisition of glass from several historic stained glass studios. Studio archives contain comprehensive files on past projects, integrating the latest computer technology with the tradition of age-old craftsmanship.

    The layout of the Studio facility was designed to promote utmost efficiency. All production takes place on a single level in an open 110’ X 100’ room with over 2,100 square feet of table top surface and over 3,000 square feet of additional work space in an adjoining area. The floor plan follows the sequence of a properly executed project. On a second level overlooking the production area, the Studio also includes over 5,000 square feet for the professional services team and more than 5,000 square feet for the art and tech center.

    A Reputation for Excellence

    Conrad Schmitt Studios owes its international reputation to the successful completion of projects of enduring quality and beauty. The Studio has been profiled in national newspapers, magazines, and trade publications and is the recipient of numerous awards, both nationally and internationally. But, even more rewarding is our client's satisfaction and the joy that comes from creating lasting beauty.


    View a brief history of Conrad Schmitt Studios in the following link.


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Topics: About Conrad Schmitt Studios