HISTORY

William Poland architect mural

Mill One has a rich history of textile production and luggage manufacturing in the Trenton area.

  • In 1895, renowned regional architect William Poland designed Mill One for the Rothschild Company shirt mill at One North Johnston Avenue.
  • In 1907, the building was sold to Ferdinand Strauss Woolen Mills and expanded.
  • In 1931, Atlantic Products Corporation acquired the mill and employed over 600 workers to manufacture golf bags and luggage.
Mill One was the central manufacturing, distribution, and office center for hundreds of employees during the World War II era. See images from the Atlantic Products Corporation below.

IMAGES FROM ATLANTIC PRODUCTS CORPORATION

The images below are from a publication published in 1977, and depict the space when it was full of machinery, crafted products, and talented employees.

  • In 1967, Mill One returned to clothing production, and later housed a roofing company, a producer of Christmas novelty items, and outdoor furniture. In the early 1980’s the historic building began deteriorating.
  • In 2006, Modern Recycled Spaces® and Isles, Inc. formed a partnership and acquired the site. We are rehabilitating Mill One to showcase its historical heritage, while creating a modernized “Sustainable Urban Village” focal point in our area that offers flex space for rent or lease.
  • In 2008, Princeton University’s Department of Engineering led the rebuilding of the factory’s 1895-era mechanical clock and developed a course through which students worked alongside the design team to explore potential sustainable design elements of the mill restoration.
  • In 2014, the Mill One property also became home to the vintage Cass diner off of Route 1, which is to be re-purposed into a job training facility.
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