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History of Associated Crafts and Willet Hauser
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Our History

What is now known as Willet Hauser Architectural Glass® goes back to its roots in 1898 when William Willet and his wife Anne Lee founded The Willet Stained Glass and Decorating Co. (now Willet Hauser Architectural Glass®) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Shortly thereafter, the studio was relocated to Philadelphia.

Associated Crafts, incorporated by John and Mary Phillips in 1997, first worked as a subccontractor to several studios in the stained glass industry, including Willet Hauser. This experience helped to rapidly expand their already sophisticated skillset as John Phillips had grown up with second generation stained glass experience passionate to continue what he loved.

In 2008 Associated Crafts expanded their business to work directly with customers. The business enjoyed immediate success, attracting several key people adding even more value. Associated Crafts gained an impeccable reputation becoming one of the largest stained glass studios. Their innovation growth and enthusiasm was attractive in particular to the Hauser family who wanted someone to continue their 100 year legacy. In the fall of 2013, the Hausers decided to retire, and Associated Crafts acquired Willet Hauser.

Willet windows today can be found in churches and historic buildings in all 50 states and 14 foreign countries. Among the thousands of Willet creations are windows in the National Cathedral and the National Presbyterian Church in Washington DC; St. John the Divine Cathedral and the chapel at the United Nations in New York; and Grace and St. Mary’s Cathedrals in San Francisco, CA. For the 1964 New York World’s Fair, the Studio designed and fabricated the panels for an entire nine-story building constructed of faceted glass.