Northwest corner Trenton Avenue & Sergeant Street (2007).
Model Mills, 1870
2531 Trenton Avenue & 2155 East Sergeant Street, Philadelphia PA 19125
(east side of Trenton Avenue between Sergeant Street and Hazzard Street)
© Carmen A. Weber, Irving
Kosmin, and Muriel Kirkpatrick, Workshop of the World (Oliver
Evans Press, 1990).
The two story brick Model
Mills on the southeast corner of Trenton Avenue and
Hazzard Street dates to 1870. James Whitaker and Brother
added a four story brick building along East Sergeant
Street in 1887. They produced shoddy yarn on the first
floor of this building while tenants made carpets,
ginghams, and shirtings in the remainder of the
In the twentieth
century, hosiery, turkish towels, and tapes and bindings
were all produced in this mill. 2
The last occupant
of the mill was the Delaware Ribbon Manufacturers.
1 Hexamer General Survey #2102 (1887), "Model Mills, Jas. Whitaker & Bro. Owners."
2 Elvino V. Smith Atlas of the 18th, 19th, and 31st Wards of the City of Philadelphia, (Philadelphia, 1904); also Bromley, 1922.
Update May 2007 (by Torben Jenk):
Both the two story and four story buildings survive in stable condition. A neighbor mentioned that she tied and packed decorative ribbons at Delaware Ribbon which recently ceased operations. The property was sold for $1,000,000 in October 2005 and a 'For Sale' sign is on the building.