Artur Kalenjian, MoscowTrained Fine Artist Now Architectural Art & Design Firm


 I  hope to inspire you to visit Artur’s studio at 9th & National, which he shares with his father, an ornamental iron master, and his sister, who does original stained glass art and watercolor paintings. Artur and his sister were studying art in Moscow during the decades when the USSR imploded.

Please call me at 232 1336 for an appointment. Or, Artur can visit your office with his portfolio.

Artur’s work includes:

    * Sculptures for yard, parks, open spaces
    * Stained -glass windows
    * Decorative mirrors
    * Coffee tables/end tables
    * Ornamental wooden floors
    * Ends for beds
    * Wooden carved armchairs
    * Restoration of antiquarian art 

See his work at http://www.arttig.com/

Clear sailing,


Some Endorsements of Godsil’s Work

To whom it may concern:

For the last several years I have watched and supported the efforts of Jim Godsil to find and nurture the often-natural connections among those interested in promoting urban centers as vibrant working environments as well as those seeing our cities as repositories of cultural, architectural, and social history. Jims background in the trades with hands on experience restoring the structural and aesthetic integrity of Milwaukees historical homes and buildings is nicely balanced by his lifelong understanding of the role of compromise and collaboration in bringing social support to all members of a community. Perhaps most importantly, Jim is tireless and persistent in strengthening these natural connections among those of disparate factions, ideologies, and yes, classes.

Bruce Jacobs
President and CEO
Grede Foundries, Inc.
[email protected]

City of Milwaukee
Department of City Development
Housing Authority
Redevelopment Authority
City Plan Commission
Historic Preservation Commission

To Whom It May Concern, June 16, 2004

This letter will serve to introduce Jim Godsil of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The Historic Preservation staff at the Department of City Development is familiar with and appreciative of Mr. Godsil’s roles as community organizer, preservation advocate,and roofing craftsman. About 18 months ago, he founded the Milwaukee Preservation Alliance, an advocacy group that has brought significant attention to preservation issues in Milwaukee. He has organized citizens to appear at public hearings on behalf of preservation, and keeps many in the community updated on the issues through frequent e-mails and public events.

Mr. Godsil is a skilled roofer. In this role he has done sensitive construction work on scores of architecturally and historically significant buildings in Milwaukee. His interest in mentoring younger workers has resulted in others making the decision to direct significant talents to the building arts.

Mr. Godsil is truly one of Milwaukee’s most visible preservation practitioners.


Martha L. Brown
Acting Commissioner

“Jim has worked very hard to become a restorationist on Milwaukee’s East Side. He has created, promoted and sponsored other artisans through business referrals and is really the “go to” individual when a restoration challenge arises for an older home in the Milwaukee area.”—Ex-President Shorewood Village, Michael Schulte

“I do know you to be a man of integrity, skill and understanding …. I wish there were more Jim Godsil’s in the world to promote craftsmanship and the skilled tradesman.” ----Brian Pionke, Director Milwaukee Historic Preservation Commission

“You have been working extremely hard over the last 30
years to acquire a pool of qualified craftsman who can restore our pre World War II architecture…(and) Your efforts for providing Milwaukee and our Country with a source for skilled craftsman are extremely important to the
roofing and sheet metal trade.”—Ted Mc Namara—Vice President of Christiansen Roofing

Mr. Godsil is a leader in the community of restorative artesians whose goal is to preserve our pre-World War II housing stock. For the last 30 years Mr. Godsil has trained hundreds of young men and women in the Milwaukee area in the roofing and restoration fields.”…Norman Dunkelberger-Centaur Restorations, Inc.

“You have expertly trained many young tradesmen over the years. We always recommend your firm whenever the opportunity presents itself. Pass this on to whomever and they can call if they have any questions about the reputation of Community Roofing.”---Norm Terapak, President Terapak Realty

I have known James Godsil for over 30 years. He is a man of high integrity in both his personal and business affairs. As I have recently had the opportunity to use his business services, I can attest to the excellent service and honesty Mr. Godsil demonstrates as a business person.” ---Co-Founder ESHAC, Inc. Alexander Minash

Jim Godsil has been a pillar in Milwaukee’s contracting community for decades, has worked for thousands of customers & is know throughout the North Shore for his many talents.” —Barry Snider of Snider and Company

“His workers are proficient, professional and get the
job done. He is an excellent roofer himself.”—Ex-Director ESHAC, Inc. Carol Brill

“For the past thirty years James Godsil has been a
active and concerned citizen and businessman in our community.”—County Supervisor Gerry Broderick

“I would also like to be on record commending the
work of Jim Godsil, of Community Roofing, who has an outstanding
reputation in the Milwaukee community for his long involvement in
repairing and restoring houses.”—Harvey Taylor

“Mr. Godsil is a long respected business owner and
community leader…Mr. Godsil is a leader in his field…Community Roofing has received city-wide recognition for the quality of work it does and it’s commitment to treating it’s employees well…”----Publisher of Shepherd Express Louis Fortis

“As such Jim is the best contact in Milwaukee when sensitive work is required…(and)… Mr. Godsil’s organization has deep roots in the Milwaukee community”…Alterra’s Ward Fowler

“Godsil’s company, Community Roofing, and the companies with which he partners, are a driving force in preserving not only architectural masterpieces but also older homes in neighborhoods that are on
the brink of destruction.”----Chris Ward

he is a man of his word…and… empowering
hundred of young persons into the trades.----Bills Sells

Jim Godsil is an important community activist. He’s Jane Jacob’s most ardent disciple in Milwaukee. He has had a big impact in Milwaukee. His mentor Ted Seaver helped kill 4 Spadina type Freeway projects in Milwaukee.

 John Norquist— former Mayor of Milwaukee and President of the Congress for the New Urbanism 

Jim Godsil is a Milwaukee treasure. He has worked tirelessly to preserve Milwaukees heritage. He has taken the lead in uniting diverse neighborhood groups through e-mail, picnics and simple, individual face-to-face contacts.

Jim has promoted historic home bed and breakfast tourism in the city; fought for an aesthetically valuable design for a planned Harley Davidson museum; contributed greatly to the fight against unneeded, unwanted and obscenely obscene freeway expansion in the area; and is helping lead the effort to preserve the historic structures in a Civil War era veterans hospital.

He is an intelligent, committed advocate of urbanism, diversity and creativity.

Milwaukees life is richer because Jim Godsil is in it.


Gretchen Schuldt,
Editor, www.storyhill.net
[email protected]

In the short few months that Ive had to get to know Jim Godsil, Ive found him to be an absolutely tireless advocate for the Milwaukee Preservation Alliance, the restoration of historic homes, and heritage tourism designed to realize a connection between job growth and historic preservation in Milwaukee. His ability to make connections where they did not previously exist amazes me and Im happy to be part of his network of people who care about Milwaukees future.

Michael Strigel
Executive Director
Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters
1922 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53726
608/263–1692 ext. 11 Fax. 608/265–3039

James Godsil, a co-founder of the Milwaukee Preservation Alliance, is now focusing his efforts on galvanizing support for preservation of the Veteran’s Administration all denominational Soldiers’ Chapel. His interests extend beyond preservation and include promotion of our ethnic diversity, cultural heritage and architectural history as the back bone of economic development that promotes our rich history for present and future generations.

Annemarie Sawkins, Ph.D, Associate Curator, Haggerty Museum of Art

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