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Category: industrial mills

Tuesday, July 23, 2019: Lost and Found Department

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019: Upriver Excursion

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Friday, April 19, 2019

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018: The Paper City File

Holyoke, Massachusetts, which I visited briefly this week for the first time, was once known as The Paper City. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, it produced approximately 80% of the paper used in this country and and was home to the largest paper, silk, and alpaca mills in the world. It is also the place where volleyball was invented and first played in 1895. (It’s early history makes for a really fun read.)

The images below were taken in the vicinity of the Holyoke Heritage State Park, which stands on the site of the Skinner Silk Mill that burned to the ground in 1980. The First Level Canal bordering one side of it was home to many other mills whose now vacant or underutilized structures can be seen in these photos.

I’d be very surprised if the city, now fallen on hard times, doesn’t make a huge comeback within the next decade.

(Btw, if you expect to find Mt. Holyoke College in Holyoke, you’ll be sadly disappointed. It’s located one town to the northeast in South Hadley, just across the Connecticut River.)

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Thursday, November 15, 2018: Open Studios (Part Two: Stairwells)

The following images were taken at two open studio events in western Massachusetts this month: one at Eastworks in Easthampton, the other at Indian Orchard Mills in Springfield. The main attraction, of course, was the chance to see lots of art, talk with its creators, and check out their work spaces. Photography-wise though, what drew my attention was the old industrial mill buildings themselves, repurposed now to serve artists, craftsmen, and small businesses, but still showing signs of age in their details and public spaces. Yesterday, windows; today, stairwells. (Please click on images to enlarge.)

Wednesday, November 14, 2018: Open Studios (Part One: Windows)

The following images were taken at two open studio events in western Massachusetts this month: one at Eastworks in Easthampton, the other at Indian Orchard Mills in Springfield. The main attraction, of course, was the chance to see lots of art, talk with its creators, and check out their work spaces. Photography-wise though, what drew my attention was the old industrial mill buildings themselves, repurposed now to serve artists, craftsmen, and small businesses, but still showing signs of age in their details and public spaces. Today, windows; tomorrow, stairwells. (Please click on images to enlarge.)

 

 

Tuesday, August 28, 2018: Late Arrivals Department

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Monday, April 23, 2018

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Sunday, October 15, 2017: West Point Foundry Preserve

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The West Point Foundry Preserve, in the village of Cold Spring, NY, is sited amidst the ruins of a long-defunct iron works that supplied major artillery for the United States government in the nineteenth century. Today, an almost magical woodlands has reclaimed the land, protected from development as an “outdoor museum” by Scenic Hudson. On this, my first visit, I found the transformation of a once bustling, belching, noisy, and polluting armaments manufacturing complex into a scene of pristine natural beauty good medicine for the soul.

For more information about the preserve, please visit: 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Point_Foundry

https://www.scenichudson.org/parks/westpointfoundrypreserve

http://foundrytour.org/#home/introduction

Sunday, May 28, 2017: No Trespassing

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