Interior decorating company continues to thrive since 1800s

It was 1883 when Decorator Supply Corporation in Bridgeport first began operations, but it was 10 years later, designing moldings for the Columbian Exposition, when it would really take off.

A few years after the exposition, William Grage Sr. began his job as an office boy.

Later, he took it over and passed it down through three generations.Today, his grandson Steve Grage is the man taking the company into its next chapter.

“This is where we house about 12,000 molds these are used to cast the composition ornaments. Some of them go back to the 1890s,” Grage said.

Carvings, moldings, wall panels, columns and fireplace mantels are all made on site in one of three manufacturing shops: woodworking, plaster, and composition.

Custom pieces are also made here, each more intricate than the next and literally spread across Chicago and the world. Work done here now rests in our state capitol, at Disney locations and even in the White House.

Movie fans might spot their work in blockbusters like “The Untouchables” and more recently “White House Down, but don’t be surprised to find Grage’s touches making houses across the country feel like homes.

More information: http://www.decoratorssupply.com/store/main.aspx

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