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Milwaukee Plastering History

The rich history of Milwaukee's architecture and spirit is embedded deep into the history of Milwaukee Plastering. We love the beauty of the building, and respect the craftsmen before us.

Our roots started in 1992, when Master old-world craftsman Ivan Ellsworth mentored and trained owner Bert Kelly on the philosophy of  old-world plastering.  The “philosophy” of plastering is to apply oneself completely to every technique and push the limits of excellence and skill in the pursuit of mastery.


One of the pleasures of our pursuit is that we get to work in all sorts of old homes and buildings and trace the hand of the master craftsmen who were there before us. This means analyzing the patterns and techniques that were unique to their hand, looking critically and asking; “left or right handed, hard or soft trowel, wrist or shoulder rotation”, etc. In this way one can come away with the satisfaction of knowing that the work was done with respect for the original craftsman, and it also happens to give excellent results!


We reach out to the Milwaukee community in many ways, through art, music and quality craftsmanship. Owner, Bert Kelley is dedicated to restoring Milwaukee to its historic beauty and it is also helpful that he speaks both Spanish and German.


We are located in Milwaukee's Bay View area, which is rich in artistic design and beauty. We have been accredited by the Wisconsin Better Business Bureau since 2004.



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