The Stone Mill in Lawrence was built between 1846 and 1848 and became the first mill in the US’s first planned industrial town. Today, although the textile industry has moved on, the mill buildings are being renovated for use by other clients.
Despite the fact that Stone Mill is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, it is still in need of significant work to bring it up to a fully usable state once again. One of the largest problems, I gather, is the roof which requires extensive work.
The need for work can easily be seen when on the top floor of the building or from the nearby Everett Mill where sagging beams are pretty obvious in the somewhat irregular lines of the slate-covered roof.
Regardless of these problems, the mill is a fascinating place to photograph. I was delighted to be shown around by Bob Lussier a week ago. We spent several hours up here shooting the rooms of the top two floors and lots of interesting little details found there – packages from long-expired products left lying around, graffiti stretching back 100 years or more and dusty equipment like this hand cart that probably hasn’t seen use in 50 years.
Take a look over on Bob’s blog today since he has posted his impression of this same scene.
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