Step into the middle of construction at Whitehall Mill! This former textile mill is being reborn as a mixed-use complex of apartments, office space, a restaurant, and a market. Please join us and our hosts from Terra Nova Ventures on a walk through the building, showing the progress they’ve made so far and what work is still to come.
Spurred by its waterpower and demand for sailcloth, by the end of the nineteenth century, Baltimore became the foremost manufacturer of “cotton duck” in the nation. Today’s mill building stands on the site formerly occupied by the Whitehall Flour Mill. In 1839, Horatio Gambrill and David Carroll converted flour mill into a textile factory. The owners rebuilt after fires in 1854 and 1865, renaming the facility “Clipper Mill” and expanding the structure to twice the original size.
In 1925, the mill sold to Purity Paper Vessels, a firm that manufactured paper containers suitable for semi-liquid foods. Continuing efforts to adapt the building to changing technology, the new owners converted the plant from steam power to industrial gas. In 1941, the I. Sekine Brush Company, a maker of men’s grooming products and toothbrushes, purchased the mill and occupied the space until 1972.
Today, Terra Nova Ventures is redeveloping the 150-year old building to give the old Whitehall Mill a new and modern life while preserving its place in Baltimore’s industrial heritage. Join our tour guides from Terra Nova Ventures for a little wine and cheese and a lot of industrial Baltimore history. Parking is available in a lot at the north end of the building off Clipper Mill Road.