Feast your eyes on this beauty... The thrid, and final warehouse at the Stehli Silk Mill. If you enjoyed the photo tours from Warehouse 1 and Warehouse 2, you'll really like this building.
This was the last building I entered on the Stehli property. If you were to have entered the business while it was still in operation, this is where you would have been greeted and welcomed. This was the office area of the silk mill.
The lighting in this building was incredible! Perfect for picture taking. The large glass windows, mostly broken out, were stunning. The sea foam green (one of my favorite colors) walls were soothing. The front doors and entrance were enchanting. The vaulted ceilings were filled with windows to let the light gush inside.
I like this picture because it looks like I’m standing barefoot in the broken glass. (I can’t help but sing the Annie Lennox song, “Walking on Broken Glass”, as I look at this picture. Does that make me dork? Or maybe just a child of the ‘90’s?)
This silk mill was the longest, based upon square footage, silk factory in the entire United States during its prime. During the early 1900’s, the mill was enlarged several times. The most recent addition, was added in 1925.
The silk business was jeopardized during the Great Depression and the business withered. The Stehli Silk Mill closed its doors in 1955. Silk has not been produced or processed in this plant, nor have workers filled these buildings since, but their presence and its history can be felt with every step taken in these warehouses.
This concludes my tour of the Stehli Silk Mill in Lancaster, PA. I hope to visit the mill again soon (so make that my first tour of the Stehli Silk Mill). Hopefully you enjoyed these pictures and they led your imagination to wonder about the history of this place just a little bit. Connecting with a historic building and trying to interpret its past is such an inspirational feeling. Makes me thankful for everything I have and plan to accomplish.
In case you were curious about my little outfit on this trip (#1, #2, #3), here's the breakdown -
Slacks: Vintage Chanel, thrifted
Cat Eye Sunglasses: The Dollar Store (honestly!)
Sandals: Urban Outfitters
Thanks for checking out the mill with me. What did you think of this place?