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Brass Valley: The Fall of an American Industry

by Emery Roth

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Phoenix-like




PHOTOGRAPHER'S JOURNAL:

Phoenix-like

Fluttering
at the top of the
Hendey Tower
in the updraft
where rocks
chipped the mansard and
smashed the window,
the green hanging folders,
analog bequest
of Hendey,
flop across the floor.


NOTE: The Hendey Company, a major manufacturer of precision, industrial lathes and other metalworking machinery was established in Torrington, Connecticut, near the top of the Naugatuck Valley in 1874.  The distinctive Victorian tower of the old factory offices was the  gateway to the main campus. Here is a short history of the company with a photo showing the campus in 1896. Much of the campus survives but has been empty many years.