Blumcraft of Pittsburgh

Blumcraft of Pittsburgh

..............................................The Early Years..............................................

Blumcraft's founder Hyman Blum, a young artisan from Latvia, immigrated to America in 1908. He was a highly skilled craftsman whose forte was hand-forged decorative wrought iron railings, gates, lighting fixtures, and ornamental hardware. His creativity with metals and the prudent business sense of his three sons, Max, Louis, and Harry facilitated the transition of the Hyman Blum Company into Blumcraft of Pittsburgh.

The Blum collection of exquisite metal treasures can be seen at the Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh.

...................................................A New Era..................................................

During World War II, metal was not allowed to be used for decorative purposes, but after the war ended and the restrictions were lifted, Blumcraft pioneered the development of innovative adjustable aluminum handrail components. As architectural trends changed, Blumcraft again enhanced its leadership role in the industry by adding wood, glass, bronze, brass, and stainless steel to its product line.

Following working relationships with PPG Industries and Libbey Owens Ford, Blumcraft launched new product lines, thanks in part to the creativity of a brilliant designer, Bill Horgan. Tempered glass doors and attractive operating hardware once again established a higher level of architectural design acceptance.

..............................................Blumcraft Today..............................................

Blumcraft of Pittsburgh continues to proudly manufacture fine top quality American made products. Blumcraft of Pittsburgh became a member of the C.R. Laurence family of companies in 2010. Under new leadership of CRL and now more robust than ever, Blumcraft designs, manufactures, and delivers high quality products to the architectural metal and glass industry just as it has for the past 95 years. Blumcraft metalwork elements have been installed in more than 80,000 buildings throughout the world, including the White House, the Smithsonian Institute, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Louvre in Paris, and many other prestigious buildings.

As always, Blumcraft will assist architects by publishing catalogs in Sweets hard copy files, by maintaining up to date sections within the Sweets website, and by providing answers to any questions regarding Blumcraft products at www.crl-arch.com.

Throughout the years, architects have come to expect superb quality of design exhibited by tempered glass doors, architectural hardware, railing systems, and display case doors.

CRL-Blumcraft of Pittsburgh Will Fulfill These Expectations With Service and Quality.

Before sending preliminary sketches to Blumcraft, please refer to complete catalogs in Sweets:

Tempered Glass Doors - 08 41 00 / BLU
Architectural Hardware - 08 71 00 / BLU
Display Case Doors - 12 35 59 / BLU
Railing Systems - 05 73 00 / BLU

Blumcraft of Pittsburgh
3852 S. Water Street Bldg. D
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Tel: (412) 681-2400
Fax: (412) 681-6840
E-mail: architect@crlaurence.com
Web site: http://www.crl-arch.com