A. F. Gallun & Sons

A. F. Gallun & Sons was one of the largest tanneries in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and one of the four largest tanneries in the United States.[1]

A.F. Gallun & Sons
IndustryLeather production (tannery)
Founded1858 (1858) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
FoundersAugust F. Gallun and Albert Gottlieb Trostel
Defunct1993 (1993)
ProductsLeather saddles, boots and harnesses


A. F. Gallun & Sons was founded in 1858[2] by August F. Gallun who had been associated with Trostel and Gallun. Trostel carried on with Albert Trostel & Sons. Gallun's son, Albert F. Gallun eventually took over as president.


The tannery closed in 1993, citing its inability to keep up with the low cost of Asian competition and their production of cow leather. At the time the tannery was producing calf leather, not cow, and it felt it would not be economical to convert.[3]


Parts of Holton and Water Streets in Milwaukee, Wisconsin are referred to as the Gallun Tannery Historic District and they were added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.[4] In 2011, a portion of the tannery was razed after a wall collapse.[5] The remainder has been redeveloped and converted into condominiums and apartments.[5][6]


  1. ^ Wexler, Evan (10 July 2013). "Photos: Milwaukee's Industrial Past". PBS.org. PBS. Retrieved 10 September 2015.
  2. ^ "A.F. Gallun & Sons Corporation - Man with Coveralls".
  3. ^ https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1368&dat=19930120&id=SlkxAAAAIBAJ&sjid=3BIEAAAAIBAJ&pg=6490,4896092
  4. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  5. ^ a b "Former Gallun tannery buildings face wrecking ball".
  6. ^ "Gallun Tannery Site Presents Opportunity and Challenges".

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