Ch 4 Ron Sanders Video Clip of
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
today before this beautiful, affordable space is gone as it will be a special
destination for decades to come!
History on the Whitin Mill
The new plaza
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