From left are Karl Lutz, Jr., Karl Lutz, Sr., and Phil Lutz.
They don’t make things like they used to” is an all-too-common phrase uttered today, whether discussing products manufactured on American soil or abroad.
If your thoughts fall in line with the above sentiment, consider Karl Lutz Monument Company, Inc. a business that has bucked that trend, instead exhibiting exceptional quality and craftsmanship, as it has since 1932 in the Eastwood section of Syracuse.
“My grandfather, the first Karl Lutz, came here from Germany in 1927 and opened the business in 1932, where we still are today. The store today was actually my grandfather’s home,” said Karl Lutz III, who co-owns the business with his father. The youngest Lutz takes care of the day-to-day operations. “The European craftsmanship has been passed down through each generation, and we do all of the carving of monuments and markers in our shop out back.”
Lutz said his company’s work is in cemeteries throughout Central New York. He encourages families to come to his shop during the selection process, which allows them to have peace of mind while creating a lasting memory for a loved one.
“There won’t be any surprises. You pick the color of stone you want and let us know what you want on it,” Lutz said. “We do it ourselves, which helps defray costs of shipping. Once we’ve ordered the stone, there’s also usually a much quicker turnaround than if something has to be sent out.”
Lutz’s stone monuments are granite, which he receives from all over the world. In the past, choices were gray or pink, but green, red and blue granite has been discovered relatively recently, allowing for a larger selection. In addition to granite, Lutz said his company works with bronze. Lutz Memorials serves people of all faiths, has over 200 stones on display and their work is unconditionally guaranteed.