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.
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.