Workshop of the World

stories of industry in & around Philadelphia

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Franklin Carpet Mills, 1879
2139-2145 East Huntingdon Street, Philadelphia PA 19125
(northwest corner of Trenton Avenue)

Carmen A. Weber, Irving Kosmin, and Muriel Kirkpatrick, Workshop of the World (Oliver Evans Press, 1990).

Robert Carson, an Irish immigrant, began his business, the Franklin Carpet Mills, in 1872. In 1879 he built a three story brick power mill, with a corbelled brick cornice on the northwest corner of Trenton Avenue and Huntingdon Street. Carson produced ingrain carpet with 85 hands, mainly men, and a 40 horsepower steam engine. The mill contained forty-one Jacquard power looms, as well as twenty-five hand looms. 1 The one story brick office building faced Huntingdon Street.

1   Hexamer General Survey #1938 (1885), "Franklin Carpet Mills, Robert Carson."


Update May 2007 (by Torben Jenk):
Both the brick building on the corner and the concrete framed building to the west survive in stable condition. The windows are boarded, but deliveries are made. A bronze plaque near the entrance on Huntingdon states, "EDWIN BORGH, TEXTILE FIBERS." Edwin Borgh and Edwin Borgh, Jr., are still the owners of record and directories list the business.
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