The Forge

Link: WBZ Ch 4 Ron Sanders Video Clip of the
Whitin Mill renovation

A great view is right out the window of the primitive 1772 blacksmith forge that evolved into huge brick mills of the Whitin textile machine manufacturing that led the way for the world's textile industry. Employing up to 5600 people at one point, the paternalistic way of life created quality community life for hard working families via stability, good mill housing, the Whitin Community Center, the Social Library and more. 

History comes alive as you peer out the old window and hear the rushing force of the Mumford River only a few feet away.  The forge is the last of the buildings of the marvelous renovation being completed by Consigli Construction for Alternatives, a social services agency that has long worked to build "community" through partnerships with the arts, history and its disabled community.

Alternatives has brought these historic Whitin Mills once again to the forefront of the Valley with this center and labyrinth tiled outdoor plaza renovated with space for a fine restaurant, artisan galleries, affordable housing, theatre and more. Each touch, from the re-use of original walls or flooring to the use of a tulip tree for ceiling acoustics arouses interest and admiration. A wonderful place to see!

The call is out for tenants for a windowed restaurant overlooking the river and plaza, skilled artisans to work and sell/display their wares and other gorgeous, intimate space for lease. Email tom.saupe@alternativesnet.org today before this beautiful, affordable space is gone as it will be a special destination for decades to come!

Click for Don Gosselin's History on the Whitin Mill

The new plaza

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