Vanguard Sculpture Services

  • 3374 W. Hopkins Avenue (from Capitol Dr. go N. on 34th to Hopkins)
  • Hours
  • Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Sunday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Photography permitted: yes
  • Filming permitted: yes
  • Handicapped accessible: Fully Handicapped Accessible

The Main building style is Art Deco, built in 1937 Brick (Masonry and Concrete.) It was renovated in 1955 with the addition of a 2nd floor office. In 2012, the first floor offices were renovated into a 1000 sq. ft. art gallery and showroom. The Crain bay addition was built in 1945. The original building owner was Delia Luitink, vice president of Luitink Manufacturing. The company was founded in 1888 by her husband John Luitink; they manufactured parlor door hangers and metal medicine cabinets. Luitink relocated to Menomonee Falls in 1968. Other previous owners include Vacuum Engineering Corp and Vector Technologies. In 1998, the building was purchased by five artists, and is currently still held by two of the five — Michael P. Nolte and Beth Sahagian Allsopp, who own and operate Vanguard Sculpture Services. Fine art bronze casting and sculpture restoration is the primary business. In 2012, an art gallery was built in part of the original building. The gallery features contemporary art with an emphasis on cast metal sculpture.

Enter through an intimate contemporary art gallery space and view the latest art exhibition, where you can meet and speak with the artists. Enjoy some light refreshments while touring the sculpture production facility. See the latest projects and talk to the workers as they explain the process of casting bronze sculpture.