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Complex Name (Common)
Berlin Construction Co.
Complex Name (Historic)
  • Berlin Construction Co.
Address or Location
76 Depot Road, Kensington, Berlin
County
Hartford
Historic Designation
Associated Mill Community
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Historic Information

Companies Associated w/Complex

  • Berlin Construction Co. 1902-1962
  • Berlin Steel Construction Co. 1962-present

Use (Historic)

Largest Documented Workforce

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Historic Narrative

When American Bridge Co. acquired Berlin Iron Bridge Co. in 1900, three of the latter company's officials formed the Berlin Construction Co. Until 1902 the new firm's fabrication was done in Pottsville, PA although the primary sales area centered around Connecticut. In July 1902 operations were moved to the present plant. Berlin Construction Co. fabricated and erected structural steel for bridges and buildings. Coalhandling systems for power plants were a major portion of the firm's work, and special projects included a banana loader sent to Guatemala and an iron ore loader sent to Chile. The techniques of riveted steel construction have been replaced by welding and high-strength bolts, so the original 1902 machinery for fabricating riveted members has been replaced. Most of the steel fabricated now is for buildings in Connecticut. The company changed its name to Berlin Steel Construction Co. in 1962. (Roth)

Architectural Information

Number of Existing Buildings

Roughly five (5) blocks.

Dates of Construction

1902, c.1940, c.1962

Architect

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Builder

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Building Type

Architectural Description

The fabricating shop is a steelframed building with one high story. The framing was erected in 1902 but its sheathing has been changed several times; the present walls are corrugated fiberglass and transite. Several additions have been made to form the present 241' x 40' shop. The template shop, a 1-story 90' x 45' frame structure, and the boiler house, a 1-story 59' x 46' brick-pier structure, were also built in 1902. Several storage buildings and one for offices have been added. (Roth)

Exterior Material(s)

Structural System(s)

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Roof Material

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Power Source

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Condition

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Condition Notes

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Property Information

Specific Location

north side of Depot Road on east side of railroad

Adjacent To

Exterior Visible from Public Road?

Yes

Parcel ID / Assessor Record Link

Acreage

7.0

Use (Present)

Sources

Form Completed By

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Date

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Bibliography

  1. Roth, Matthew, et al, Connecticut: An Inventory of Historic Engineering and Industrial Sites (Washington DC: SIA, 1981).
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