Master Plasterer In San Antonio Recognized For His Works

It is not every day that commercial plasterers in Sydney are given their due recognition for the work they do. They work at various establishments and their works may be appreciated but their names are eventually forgotten in history. A master plasterer, Harold Kempfer, is known as one of the legendary plasterers in San Antonio’s long history. The decorative plasters he made are evident in various parts of the city such as in residential homes located in King William, Monte Vista and Olmos Park, Majestic Theatre and The Playhouse, Gunter Hotel, Sunset Depot and the Municipal Auditorium.

Kempfer is the proud owner of Harold’sArt and Plaster Craft on the South Side. He passed away two months ago but his legacy lives on.

He is often contracted because of his expertise in plaster casting. He is the first choice among homeowners and architects if they want to have unique and original designs for their properties while conservationists rely on him when it comes to reproducing lost and damaged structures.

During the late 90s, the train station located at St. Paul’s Square undergone a restoration and Kempfer was commissioned to create decorative details both on the interior and exterior. He was working with another plasterer, Jim Coronado, and he shared how they have to rely on architectural drawings as well as photographs in order to recreate the missing ornamental pieces of the train’s window.

Their tag team was also the people behind the smaller rosettes that can be found on the inside ceiling of the train station. He estimated that they created around 100 of those roses that hold a small light bulb.

Before he relocated to San Antonio, Kempfer learned the art of plaster casting from his mentors who are both Italian artisans based in Chicago and Milwaukee. At the beginning, he only painted figurines made of plaster with Buddha as the most in demand. It was only in 1958 that he launched his own business.

Many of the beginner and commercial plasterers in Sydney can learn from Kemfer’s dedication and passion for the art of plaster casting.

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