A couple years ago, I featured doors from the Montgomery Mill complex. At that time, a developer was making plans to purchase, restore and repurpose the former “Decorative and Electrical Tinsel” plant into apartments. The complex is located on the industrial island between the Windsor Locks Canal and the Connecticut River – a challenging place to work.
The project is complete, and I have to say, these guys surprised me. They did a marvelous job. I was sure that the more modern section of the building, the grid of poured concrete beams and girders, would look like so much industrial waste. They spent months repairing and replacing sections of concrete to make it look very nice. The brick sections of the building received a similar amount of attention, and the complex today is beautiful.
The entrance to the Windsor Locks Canal State Park sits at the north end of the complex. In all the years we’ve been hiking and biking the canal path, that “parking area” was little more than a landing pad of mud and gravel. Today, it’s a paved parking lot and a picnic area. The gate at the entrance to the canal path is new and it’s both a formidable barrier to protect the nesting bald eagles, and a welcoming entrance.
This post is part of Thursday Doors, a weekly feature orchestrated by Norm Frampton. Please visit Norm’s site to see his doors and the doors from others all over the world.