Mill Record Deep River

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Complex Name (Common)
J. A. Smith Mfg. Co.
Complex Name (Historic)
  • J. A. Smith Mfg. Co.
Address or Location
161 River Street, Deep River
County
Middlesex
Historic Designation
Associated Mill Community
n/a
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Historic Information

Companies Associated w/Complex

  • Arthur Smith Co. Inc./Deep River Lace 1937-1990
  • J. A. Smith Mfg. Co. 1875-1885
  • Messerschmidt Co. c.1925
  • Potter and Snell 1885-1925

Use (Historic)

Largest Documented Workforce

50 (1925)

Historic Narrative

J. A. Smith and Co. built the factory in 1875 and manufactured crochet needles, button hooks, wire and metal novelties, and employed about 30 men. In 1885, Smith sold to Potter and Snell, which continued to make the same products and operated through 1925, employing about 50 people. Messerschmidt Co. occupied the building for a few years thereafter, and in 1937, Arthur Smith moved his lace business to the site (Arthur Smith Co. Inc., Deep River Lace Factory). Lace was made on British Leaver lace machines until 1990; each machine weighed 16 tons, was about 9 ft tall, and had 4,600 bobbins.

Architectural Information

Number of Existing Buildings

Three (3) blocks.

Dates of Construction

1875, c.1885, c.1910

Architect

n/a

Builder

n/a

Building Type

Architectural Description

The original 1875 structure is three-story wood frame, with brick ground level and gable roof. The brick boiler house to the east was built c.1885, and the one-story brick machine shop and connecting block to the west were built c.1910; both have shallow gable roofs.

Exterior Material(s)

Structural System(s)

Roof Form

Roof Material

n/a

Power Source

Condition

Excellent

Condition Notes

presently used for catering and warehouse

Property Information

Specific Location

One 1.92 acre parcel at the eastern end and junction of Kirtland and River Streets, opposite the train depot Deep River Landing.

Adjacent To

Exterior Visible from Public Road?

Yes

Parcel ID / Assessor Record Link

Acreage

1.92

Use (Present)

Sources

Form Completed By

Renée Tribert

Date

August 2015

Bibliography

  1. Deep River Historical Society.
  2. Sanborn Insurance Atlases.
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Photographer

Renée Tribert

Photography Date

August 2015