The Hawthorne Mill was built in the late 1800s, and despite being owned by various people and having various names, Hawthorn has stuck.
It was a woollen mill that produced serge for British army uniforms in the early 1900s and cloth for the RCAF (Royal Canadian ir Force) in WWII. However, it is said that it was never too very profitable and has lain a'moulderin as it were for any number of years.
But it has been purchased and will be turned into condos plus a restaurant in due course. There was a open house last week, and I couldn't resist showing up. People were also allowed to scavenge for a donation, and some visitors partook of that enterprise.
Me? I was just there for a few pictures. Shocking, I know.
This is the building or the main one of three. What you can't see here is that there is a river behind me, so it will make a very nice setting for condos.
One of the first things that appealed to me inside was this door.
There was no evidence to me of the earlier woollen mill, but there was evidence of activity.
There were many rickety stairs, which I did force myself to climb although my knee wasn't faring too well on that day.
On the top floor, except apparently there was another staircase to the rooftop, which I did not venture to, some windows were open. The first photo looks east, more or less toward downtown, and the second looks out on another building in the complex.
What a major conversion this will be. I trust someone has deep pockets, and I'm sure someone does.