Cast in Stone
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Split Rock Products occupied the building shown below beginning in the 1950s.  Ingrid Regal worked at the firm between 1959 and the late 60s and said it was owned and operated by Charlotte and Eugene Leipold who had living quarters on the second floor.  Nackers & Associates owns the structure today and is the primary tenant; other businesses rent offices on the upper level. Tom Nackers gave me a tour and allowed me to take the accompanying photographs.  The exterior, along with some interior walls, are built from Split Rock products and helped showcase the company's construction materials to contractors and other customers.  Nackers thought the basement served as a "party room," but Regal said it actually was a recreation room primarily used by the family to entertain friends and relatives.  Occasionally it might have been the scene of employee and customer gatherings, she said, but that was the exception, not the rule.  Scroll down for bird's eye views that show the area more than 50 years ago, photographs of Eugene Leipold and son Klaus Gruber, the company's production facilities, Split Rock Products on various walls, the firm's name on a promotional pencil, the front and back of a promotional flyer, newspaper clippings about the company's products, and a photograph of Nackers in the recreation room. 


13160 West Burleigh Road, originally the home of Split Rock Products.
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Split Rock aerial view
Split Rock Products' offices at
13160 West Burleigh Road are indicated by the green arrow; boxed in orange are the company's production facilities across
 
the street. The blue box encompasses some of the Richard Sand and Gravel pit.  The lack of houses in the subdivision to the right of the frame indicates the
photograph was taken prior to the aerial below which was shot in 1963 and shows more homes on the curving street, which is probably Huntington Circle Upper. 
C
ourtesy of Klaus Gruber.

Split Rock Products
The green arrow again points to Split Rock Products' offices in this aerial photograph commissioned by Waukesha County and taken in 1963; the company's
manufacturing facilities are boxed in orange and Richardson Sand and Gravel, in blue. 
Courtesy of Don Dittmar and the Waukesha County Internet Mapping site.

Split Rock Products founder.
Eugene Leipold, founder of Split Rock Products.
C
ourtesy of Klaus Gruber.

Klaus Gruber
Klaus Gruber, son of Charlotte Leipold and stepson of Eugene Leipold.
Courtesy of Klaus Gruber.

Split Rock production plant

Split Rock production facilities.
Courtesy of Klaus Gruber.

Split rock production

Split Rock production facilities.
Courtesy of Klaus Gruber.


Split rock sample CU
Close-up of cultured stone on the Split Rock Products building's exterior.
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Split rock sample on building's porch.
Split Rock Products' concretions on the building's porch. "We offered 20 different sizes of
 blocks," Gruber said, "and 18 different colors for a total of more than 300 combinations."
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Split rock stone sampleSplit rock stone sample
Close views of walls inside the building.
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Split Rock logo on pencil
Brian Gruber, son of Klaus, learned about my
research and sent this photo of the Split Rock name
 on a promotional pencil.  The words "Beauty-Permanence-
Economy" and the phone number "SUnset 1-4330" also
appear, along with the firm's address.

Split Rock Products Brochure Cover
Front of promotional flyer.

Split Rock products brochure
  Back of promotional flyer.

Split Rock application

Portland Cement interior

Split Rock party room
Tom Nackers stands next to a cultured stone bar in the basement recreation room. Ingrid Regal remembers the jaunty
bacchant on the cement block wall
 represented a simian and was a warning to guests "not to make a monkey out of yourself" by drinking too much. Klaus Gruber confirmed the
drawing served as a deterrent and said it was the work of a German artist.

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