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G. Krug & Son

 
 
G. Krug & Son Marker image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, March 26, 2008
1. G. Krug & Son Marker
Inscription. "There is hardly a building in Baltimore that doesn't contain something we made, even if it is only a nail." So boasted Theodore Krug, heir to the oldest continuously working iron shop in the country. For more than 170 years artisans here have hammered out practical and ornamental ironwork that still graces such local landmarks as Otterbein Methodist Church, the Basilica of the Assumptinon, Washington Monument, Zion Church, Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Baltimore Zoo.

The modest beginnings of the shop date back to 1810, when farmers traveling to and from the market stopped to have their horses shod and their wagons repaired by blacksmith Andrew Schwatke. In 1841, Schwatke transferred the enlarged business to Andrew Merker, who, in turn, sold to Gustav A. Krug, a young Bavarian immigrant and ancestor of all the subsequent Krug family owners. This distinguished firm's long record of fine blacksmithing includes restoration work for Colonial Williamsburg and for the Vieux Carré in New Orleans.
 
Erected by the City of Baltimore, G. Krug & Son and William Donald Schaefer, mayor.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland, Baltimore City historical markers marker series.
 
Location. 39° 17.564′ N,
G. Krug & SOn image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, March 26, 2008
2. G. Krug & SOn
76° 37.315′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker is on West Saratoga Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 415 West Saratoga Street, Baltimore MD 21201, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Provident Savings Bank (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Neighborhood Goes to Market (approx. 0.2 miles away); Building Atop the Burying Ground (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Sleep of Young Innocents (approx. 0.2 miles away); John McDonogh (approx. 0.2 miles away); The McDonoghs of Baltimore (approx. 0.2 miles away); Westminster Church and Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Among the Illustrious Men (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baltimore.
 
More about this marker. The marker features a photograph, labeled "Members of G. Krug & Son posing ca 1895".
 
Also see . . .  G. Krug & Son website. (Submitted on March 26, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.)
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
Detail of the ironwork image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, March 26, 2008
3. Detail of the ironwork
Fire insurance medallion image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, March 26, 2008
4. Fire insurance medallion
It is unclear whether this is a piece of their ironwork as well. The logo is that of Baltimore Equitable Insurance, which is still in the business of providing perpetual homeowners insurance.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 26, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,187 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 26, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.
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