Fire Insurance Map of Perry Knitting Co., 1900

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Fire Insurance Map of Perry Knitting Co., 1900


Sanborn Map Company created extremely detailed renderings (1:600 scale) for the purposes of fire insurance underwriters. Important details like building use, construction materials, water supplies, power plant, sprinkler systems, and more enabled accurate assessment of fire risk. They remain valuable tools for historical research because they were updated frequently. For the PKC, we have maps from the years 1884, 1894, 1906, and 1913. Taken together, they document a period of growth for the company.

In this cropped image, we see that a building boom has continued for PKC during the six years since the 1894 map. What came to be known as Mill #2 has been built on to Mill #1, with the functions of knitting and finishing (a different map gives its construction date as 1893). There are now electric, not gas, lights in the factory. Across Water St. are new buildings for storage and for manufacturing paper boxes, presumably for shipping its products. What will become Mill #3 is in the process of construction, with its own power plant. And the company has added an Office to coordinate its growing operations. Three "fly-over" passageways connect various buildings.


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Cooper, Ken


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