Diamond Silk Mill

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Diamond Silk Mill
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View from Hay Street
Diamond Silk Mill is located in Pennsylvania
Diamond Silk Mill
Diamond Silk Mill is located in the US
Diamond Silk Mill
Location Junction of Ridge Avenue and Hay Street in East York, Springettsbury Township, Pennsylvania
Coordinates 39°58′35″N 76°42′0″W / 39.97639°N 76.70000°W / 39.97639; -76.70000Coordinates: 39°58′35″N 76°42′0″W / 39.97639°N 76.70000°W / 39.97639; -76.70000
Area 9 acres (3.6 ha)
Built 1900
Architect Dempwolf, John A.
Architectural style Romanesque
NRHP Reference # 92000949[1]
Added to NRHP July 24, 1992

Diamond Silk Mill, also known as York Silk Manufacturing Company, is a historic silk mill located at Springettsbury Township, York County, Pennsylvania. It was designed by noted architect John A. Dempwolf and built about 1900. The mill is a 3 1/2-story, brick building with heavy timber frame trussing on a stone foundation, and measures 50 feet by 300 feet. It has a hipped roof, and features an octagonal 100-foot high smokestack and decorative corbelled brick cornice in the Romanesque Revival style.[2]

In 1910, the mill's business had increased such that it was noted by an industry periodical as becoming a full-time operation and hiring additional workers.[3] Silk manufacturing would become one of York's most important industries, feeding Lancaster's manufacture of umbrellas. A decline began with the Great Depression and continued with the introduction of synthetic fibers in the late 1930s, for which most York mills did not have equipment.[2]

The mill was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1992.[1]

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  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b "National Historic Landmarks & National Register of Historic Places in Pennsylvania" (Searchable database). CRGIS: Cultural Resources Geographic Information System.  Note: This includes John J. Calabrese (February 1992). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: Diamond Silk Mill" (PDF). Retrieved December 18, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Mill News" (PDF). Posselt's Textile Journal. Philadelphia: University of Arizona. October 1910. p. xi. Retrieved December 2, 2015. The Diamond Silk Mill, which has been operating on short time basis, [sic] is now running full time. Sufficient orders has [sic] been received, which will necessitate the employment of additional hands.