|Whiting Mills - View from Holabird Ave. Parking Lot|
The Winsted Hosiery Company, founded in 1882, was a small manufacturer of men’s hosiery and occupied two red brick industrial buildings and a stone building on Whiting Street. The company later expanded its products and by 1936 became the largest hosiery manufacturer in Connecticut. The company’s red-brick industrial complex exemplifies the Italianate and Renaissance Revival design influences on manufacturing facilities around the turn of the century. The designers of the Winsted Hosiery buildings developed pragmatic solutions to the needs of a large manufacturing facility, maximizing natural lighting through open plans and continuous rows of windows.
On a tour of the building my childhood neighbor told me how her grandmother worked at the mill. She would take home scraps of wool, dye them and braid them into rugs for her home.
In June of 2004, Whiting Mills, LLC was established when Jean Paul and Eva Blachere purchased the 135,000 sq ft complex. The historic Whiting Mills building was turned into artist studios. There are now more than fifty studio spaces occupied by herbalists, master artists, photographers, wood workers, cabinet makers, craftspeople and a railroad hobby store. The majority of which are on the third and fourth floors.
|Sign at entrance in back parking lot|
|Sign directing you to the stairs that lead to the 4th floor|
|Sign in stairwell pointing to the 4th floor|
I am located in studio 418. My large windows face the west and I receive tons of afternoon sun. I was told that people might have a hard time finding me around the corner in a hallway with two other artists but follow your nose. The latest soap creation wafts through the halls and will lead the way.
|A view of my windows before moving in|
|My studio (418) with the windows in the background|