Our Mission at CBG is to provide unparalleled, high quality glass and glazing services to our community.
At Crested Butte Glass you get a quick response, up-front pricing, and ‘Signature quality’ installation.
CBG has a wide variety of glass types in stock and a local shop to cut, polish, drill, and fabricate glass so you have the fastest possible delivery.
The founder has over 30 years’ experience in the glass industry and has installed about every type of glass imaginable. This know-how is a key element in making sure you have the best possible professional experience.
All Glass Service – 1970 opening, Lakewood CO
I grew up loving the glass industry. My father was a big influence and mentor. He and my mom owned a glass company they founded in 1970. Our family was all glaziers as far as I can remember.
At age 12, I cut my first piece of single strength glass and have been doing it ever since (picture of me on lower right). Two years after opening, my parents launched Evergreen Glass as their second location in 1972.
Fun Fact: Johnny is an alumnus of Western and was a member of the first group of students who built the “W” on Tenderfoot Mountain in the 20s.
La Veta 1960
….In this picture you can see Knowles Glass bay door in the front where the La Veta grand entrance used to be.
Later in 1943, the hotel closed prematurely and was auctioned off for $8,350 at a Sheriff’s sale. The new owner removed the top three floors to allow for the first floor to utilized as commercial space before selling to Johnny. The old solid wood floors and tall ceilings made for a good shop to fab glass. When I worked there in the 80s the original wallpaper was still up on the walls and the original bank safe was still operational.
When I first worked at Knowles Glass, Johnny introduced me to the manager Mac Mangum who was a long-time local resident. He was a member of the Gunnison Fraternal order of Elks and an avid Elk hunter. He took me on my first elk hunt to Saw Tooth Mountain. Mac had two sons who also worked at the company. Flynn Mangum lived in Lake City and drove the school bus every day for the district before clocking in at work. Lynn Mangum lived in town with his wife and kids and also owned a small carpet installation company. The lead glazier for the company was Ernest Hartley who had 20 years’ experience. Ernie was originally from Garden City, KS when he moved to Gunnison with the wife and kids in the 70s.
Fun Fact: when I first met Johnny, he did not believe I was a glazier until I showed him my toolbox, he said I was way too young. But then he hired me on the spot once he saw that I had the correct tools, and I started cutting and installing glass in the valley. The job Johnny gave me allowed me to attend Western and I graduated with a BA in Business.
Mac and Ernie sent me to Crested Butte and around Gunnison many times to install glass including shower doors, mirrors, and insulated units. The company installed a lot of glass out of the old La Veta serving the community for years.
Then later in 1993, while working in Denver, I received a call from MacGregor Wathen Construction to provide glass and glazing to a new hotel that was being built on Mtn. Crested Butte. That was my introduction to the Grand Lodge, two buildings with 226 rooms from the ground up over a three year period.
The Grand Lodge is was originally developed by Bo Callaway. Bo and his family moved to Colorado in 1976 and acquire Crested Butte Mountain Resort which they managed for approximately 30 years. Previously he was the US Secretary of the Army under Presidents Nixon and Ford and a Congressman from Georgia. The Grand Lodge is now managed by Vail Resorts.
Gus 1994 Grand Lodge
Fast forward to 2016, I met Barbra Breeding who owned the Western Store on Tomichi Ave with the Iconic white horse on top for the sign. She sold me her Sky Hill Ranch in West Elk Meadow outside of town where I now live. This led to meeting Fred & Lisa Niederer who own Alpha Mechanical. They renovated the old Trough Restaurant for their new facility and sold me their original building on 10th street and Gunnison Ave.
310 S 10TH Street, Gunnison
Gus & Pam
It is here, only two blocks away from the La Veta Hotel, that I have returned and founded Crested Butte Glass to carry on the legacy of my early mentors who loved and lived here in the valley.