Tuesday, October 27, 2009

☞ ARCHITECTURE: The Silk Ribbon Mill

A designated West Harlem Landmark since 1993, the Joseph Loth and Company Silk Ribbon Mill is a 19th century testament to design and function. The Fair and Square brand silk ribbons was manufactured here starting from 1875 when the building was completed. The handsome brick facade, tall windows and unusual K shaped layout of the building had the stamp of it's owner name customized in detail at the top cornice of the building. If only today's factories or industrial mills could blend into the neighborhood so well. Currently the space has store fronts on the street level and the upper lofts have commercial tenants. The Silk Ribbon Mill is located at 1828 Amsterdam Avenue between 150th and 151st Street. The nearest Subway is the 1 train at 145th or 157th Street. Photos by Ulysses

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