A FAMILY HISTORY OF DESIGN
Schickel Design Company - Second Generation (2000-present)
Martha Schickel Dorff
Martha Schickel Dorff worked under William Schickel from 1970 to 2000 on numerous noteworthy projects, among them, Geneva On The Lake and Miami Valley Hospital Chapel. She took over leadership of Schickel Design in 2000 upon William Schickel’s retirement. As an architect, artist, and developer - Martha has advanced the work of Schickel Design in creating award-winning architectural and interior designs, furnishings, works of art and stained glass for clients nationwide. In 2005, Schickel Design moved from Loveland, Ohio to the emerging urban neighborhood of Over-the-Rhine in downtown Cincinnati where the company has continued to flourish
Schickel Design Company - First Generation (1948-2000)
William Schickel (1919-2007)
Schickel Design Company grew out of a rich heritage of inspired design and fine craftsmanship with roots in the landmark architecture of Wilhelm Schickel, Architect, who designed over 150 major buildings in Manhattan, and Emil Frei whose stained glass is found in hundreds of churches throughout the country. Building on these traditions, William Schickel founded the company in 1948 in a barn studio outside Loveland, OH where he created award-winning architectural and interior designs, furnishings, works of art and stained glass for clients nationwide.
Wilhelm Schickel (1850-1907)
Wilhelm Schickel was born in Wiesbaden, Germany in 1850. He immigrated to the United States and arrived in New York in March of 1875. He founded William Schickel & Company, in association with Isaac E. Ditmars (1850–1934) and Hugo Kafka (1843–1913) in 1885. The firm's name changed to Schickel and Ditmars in 1895, and continued under the direction of Ditmars after Schickel's death in 1907. The firm's main clientele were German-American clients, and they worked on many projects for the Archdiocese of New York. Schickel and Ditmars specialized in churches and institutional buildings.
Norbert Schickel (1886-1960)
Norbert was one of Wilhelm's eleven children. Taking a break from the family lineage of artists and architects, Norbert started Schickel Motor Co. in 1911 and unveiled his first motorcycle at the Chicago Motorcycle Show. His company started producing motorcycles in 1912 from Stamford, CT.