Baker Glass

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BAKER GLASS

Baker Glass Co., Inc. offers a wide variety of glass, accessories, and glass related products and services. From replacement auto glass, residential mirrors and shower doors to commercial store fronts and entrances. The main office and warehouse have been located at 4015 Montana in El Paso since 1962, still family owned and operated.

"Break a glass? ... Call Baker Glass!"

Baker's History

HISTORY

In the mid 1800�s JAMES BAKER trained in the glass painting profession. In 1855 he started a firm specializing in stained glass. After many years of struggling in the London glass market he moved his family to America.

In 1863 his son JAMES WEDLAKE BAKER also entered the stained glass profession. JAMES WEDLAKE BAKER worked for several firms and built stained glass windows for many churches, schools, and buildings all over New England, New York and New Jersey. Eventually, JAMES and JAMES WEDLAKE BAKER started a stained glass business called JAMES BAKER & SONS.

The Bakers continued their operations in New York City until 1888. In 1897 JAMES WEDLAKE BAKER relocated his family to Denver, CO. A fire destroyed his business in 1911. Around 1905, his son RALPH BAKER began his study of art glass.

RALPH BAKER trained for a year with Louis Tiffany in New York, and moved to El Paso in 1908. RALPH BAKER worked for L.W. Hoffecker�s stained glass studios and El Paso Sash & Door Company. In 1917 RALPH BAKER enlisted in the Army and asked his father to move to El Paso and run his division of stained glass at the El Paso Sash & Door Company. Upon his return, JAMES WEDLAKE and RALPH BAKER formed a new company called BAKER & BAKER.

The company of BAKER & BAKER produced stained glass windows for many churches, hotels, and other buildings throughout the southwestern U.S. and Mexico. In 1936 the bottom fell out of the stained glass business because of the depression. RALPH BAKER renamed the company BAKER GLASS and branched out into the general glass business including auto glass.

In the 1940�s RALPH�S sons JIMMY and GENE went to work for the company. RALPH believed in hands on training and therefore his sons learned art glass as they worked. BAKER GLASS was incorporated in 1954. BAKER GLASS continued to build and install stained glass windows until RALPH�S death in 1960.

Currently, BAKER GLASS is owned and operated by JIMMY�S sons, DAVID and TOM, and although stained glass is no longer part of their business, they still do auto glass, mirrors, furniture tops and glass window replacement.