History

Established in 1914 by Otto Wagner, Wagner Roofing Company employs more than 50 dedicated team members aimed at providing some of the nation’s highest recognized craftsmanship. In 2015, Dean Jagusch purchased the company from 3rd Generation, Chuck Wagner.

Wagner Roofing Company is dedicated to the preservation of historic buildings, as well as the preservation of the artistry and skill necessary for the roofing trade.

Wagner Roofing Timeline

  • 1890 – Otto G. Wagner arrives in Baltimore with his mother and stepbrother from Berman, Germany
  • 1914 – O.G. Wagner company is started at 2906 Evarts St, NE, Washington, D.C. by Otto Wagner, who is an established sheet metal Ironworker by this point
  • 1936 – Otto Wagner dies at the age of 49
  • 1936 – Jack graduates from McKinley Tech. He has a track scholarship to American University but foregoes college to take over the family business.
  • 1945 – Jack Sr. enlists in the military to fight in WWII on April 26th.
  • 1945 – 1946 – Evelyn manages the Company.
  • 1951 – Jack Sr. moves the company to a larger space at 2024 Rhode Island, NE.
  • October 15, 1954 – Hurricane Hazel hits the area, producing hurricane-force winds, which cause nearly $11 million in reported damages. Jack, Sr. is so busy he buys 3 new trucks. This was before insurance companies had deductibles; they simply told him “do the work.” He calls local glass companies and buys all the skylight glass he could and hires every off-duty fireman available to replace shingles.
  • 1955 – Wagner completed work on 1,200 homes in Wheaton’s Connecticut Avenue Estates, the job took 8 years.
  • 1959 – J.S. Wagner Company is incorporated in the District of Columbia
  • 1960 – Jack, Sr. has his first heart attack, but in an ironic turn of events, Jack, Jr. leaves college to come run the family business.
  • 1968 – The company moves to its present location at 4909 46th Avenue, Hyattsville, MD.
  • 1991 – Jack, Jr. retires. Chuck Wagner and his wife Sheila continue the business.
  • 2001 – The National Roofing Contractors Associations donate the restoration of the Pentagon Roof. Wagner participates with donations of materials.
  • 2005 – Work is completed on the largest job in Wagner’s history to date, at the Robert F. Kennedy Department of Justice Building and receives the National Roofing Contractors Association Gold Circle Award for Outstanding Craftsmanship in Steep Slope Roofing.
  • 2011 – Earthquake hits Washington DC and rocks the National Cathedral and various buildings in the city.
  • 2013 – Mahan Hall at the Naval Academy wins 3 of the industry’s top awards at the yearly National Roofing Contractors Association Convention.
  • 2014 – Dean Jagusch purchases the company from Chuck and Sheila after several years as the acting President.
  • 2018 – Wagner Roofing brings home two of the industry’s top honors (Gold Circle Awards) for the full-system skylight replacement at the Bethesda Metro Center.
  • 2019 – Wagner is presented a Best of Maryland Award by Preservation Maryland for the exterior restoration of the Hagerstown No. 3 Junior Firehouse