Stanley Katzenstein, 59, owner of family's picture-framing business

May 11, 1999|By Jacques Kelly | Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF

Stanley Katzenstein, a downtown picture-framing business owner, died Sunday of cancer at his Mount Washington home. He was 59.

Mr. Katzenstein was the second generation of his family to run Ludwig Katzenstein, a company founded in 1940 by his father at Hopkins Place and Pratt Street. About 15 years ago, the shop moved to Scarlett Place on East Pratt Street, and the family opened a branch in Lutherville.

"It seemed there wasn't an office in downtown Baltimore that didn't have a picture they framed," said James L. Pierce, owner of a Charles Village framing studio.

The original Katzenstein business was set up in the former residence of Quaker philanthropist and abolitionist Moses Sheppard -- an old Baltimore rowhouse where Mr. Katzenstein's mother, Gertrude B. Katzenstein, was born. She survives him and lives in Pikesville.

Born in Reservoir Hill, Mr. Katzenstein was a graduate of City College and attended the University of Maryland, College Park. He worked briefly for the old Stewart & Co. department store in downtown Baltimore before joining the family company 35 years ago.

His showroom's cluttered walls were decorated with fox hunting prints, etchings of old Baltimore, and Chesapeake Bay maritime paintings, with samples of the wood frames he fit around customers' artwork.

"He was an institution downtown," said art gallery owner Lance Bendann. "He cared for his customers in a personalized way."

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. today at Sol Levinson and Bros., 8900 Reisterstown Road.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, the former Mary Miller, whom he married in 1995.

He also is survived by two sons, Seth M. Katzenstein of New York City and Robert S. Pfoutz of Baltimore; two daughters, JoAnn Katzenstein of Coral Gables, Fla., and Laura S. Waddell of Taneytown; a sister, Alice K. Goodman of Pikesville; and one granddaughter.

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