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Durham Hosiery Mill, Boiler & Engine Rooms, 800 Block of Angier Avenue & Walker Street, Durham, Durham County, NC



Item Title
Durham Hosiery Mill, Boiler & Engine Rooms, 800 Block of Angier Avenue & Walker Street, Durham, Durham County, NC

Location
800 Block of Angier Avenue & Walker Street, Durham, NC

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS NC-328-A
Building/structure dates: 1902 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1987 demolished
Significance: The Boiler and Engine Room are historical significant as the originating point of the motive force which once operated the largest hosiery mill in the world. They illustrate construction materials and techniques characteristic of American textile manufacturing plants at the turn of the century. Separation of the potential hazards of fire and explosion from the workers and machinery housed in the main building was facilitated by a power transmission system of shafts, pulleys, and belts. The survival of these large and small structure in their original configuration exhibits typical building layout in the period before widespread factory electrification. After abandonment of this location by the Hosiery Mill Corporation in 1922, later storage uses of other parts of the complex did not require modernization of the power plant.

Subjects
Boiler Rooms
Engine Rooms


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

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