The Guenther Mill building constructed by Paul Guenther to house his silk hosiery manufacturing business was built in phases starting in 1902 and completed in 1921. The mill spanned two city blocks with five buildings remaining today. The renovations to these buildings reflect the character of the past. The original windows were replaced to match their majestic style and reintroduce light into the building. The brick pilasters were accented to showcase the industrial palazzo style of architecture. The stone, masonry and brick façade has been preserved to feature the corbeled cornices, keystone arches and other façade details.
The structure is beginning to once again serve the community as it had in the early 1900’s by providing a live, work, play environment through the construction of neighborhood retail, industrial arts, office and residential units.
A public plaza on King Street between Oak and Elm Streets will allow a through way for pedestrians as well as provide an environment for local community events. Just as Paul Guenther developed the surrounding neighborhood by constructing housing, churches and community centers for his employees, 100 years later the revitalization of the building shall reconnect back to its neighborhood roots.