Tuesday, November 11, 2008


(photos taken in 2007)

A lot of factory buildings tend to be ugly behomeths, especially if they were built during the 20th century. During the 19th century, factory buildings were typically beautiful brick structures. Many have been rehabilitated, converted into dynamic apartments, condos and shops. Many others have been demolished, and it seems that Waterbury is about to lose another one. The abandoned factories at North Elm and Cherry Streets are going to be replaced with a new facility. It's a real shame. For years, I've been hoping that someone would rescue them. Rehabbing them is on my wish list of things I would do if I won Powerball.

A portion of the old watch factory was converted to Enterprise Apartments, and, as you can see from the photo, it looks really nice:

By contrast, here's the depressingly hideous, cement-block, bunker-style housing on the opposite side of North Elm Street (why does it seem like the ugly architecture stays forever, while the attractive architecture gets destroyed?):

I don't know for certain, but the neighboring Benrus factory might also be not long for this world:

Last, but certainly not least, here is the main office building for the factory complex, designed to look like a miniature mansion. I don't have a lot of hope remaining for its future.

1 comment:

Tim said...

I agree 110%, I have never seen anything build that looks better than the mill they knocked down to build it. Brass City Mall, whatever is on west main where Anaconda was. Even abandoned, its more interesting.

Good luck with the powerball, If I can't win, I hope its you