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Sothwest Marble & Granite Works

History

Since 1915 Southwest Marble and Granite Works has been offering the finest stone products to the Central Texas Area. The Stasswender name is synonymous for granite and marble in the Austin Area, and the company continues to be family owned and operated.

Stasswender Marble & Granite Works stood tall and proud on East 4th Street. The big shed, built in 1906, was a beautiful sight, letting in dappled sunlight and cool breezes to the 30 plus employees of Anton Stasswender. They mostly saw to the grinding and sawing of the huge 10 ton boulders of granite and marble into headstones and large commercial slabs on the ancient machines run by pulleys, exposed gears and manually started electric motors.

The original business was Huffman Stone, begun in 1885. In 1894 it was purchased by a Gooch and Welles, who renamed it the Gulf Coast Granite Company. Anton Stasswender, an immigrant from Bavaria, bought out his employers in 1915 with the help of a pair of well-known Austin figures, named Littlefield and Zilker. Sound familiar?

When Anton died in 1954, he left the business to his son, Anton H. Stasswender, better known to friends and family as Tony. He continued to run the business along with his wife and children until his death in 1977, gaining the reputation of running a rock-solid, reputable Austin landmark. Bob Stasswender, his son, took over the company until 1989 when the rest of the family decided to concentrate on the monumental side of the business operating under Stasswender Memorials, with Bob opting to do what he loved best, which was working and fabricating dimensional stone under his new name, Stasswender's Southwest Marble & Granite Works, Inc.

The tradition of fine quality and craftsmanship continues today with each piece of stone cut and polished. The machinery might have been updated, some new faces added, and the location might have changed, but Stasswender, a third generation stone mason, hopes to pass down his legacy to the next generation of Stasswender's and so on and so forth.

Our fabricators and installers have over 100 years of combined experience in natural stone. Our office and sales staff have over 60 years of combined professional experience.

To view additional photographs about the past and present of Stasswender's Southwest Marble and Granite Works, click on the following thumbnails to see the enlarged views.

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Southwest Marble and Granite
13240 Pond Springs Rd.
Austin, Texas 78729
Phone: (512) 918-9111

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