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What is the industrial building in the 200 block of West North Street used for and what did it used to be?
Traveling down West North Street, there is a red brick building that hearkens back to the industrial heyday of Carlisle manufacturing.
The building, located in the 200 block of West North Street, between North West and North College streets, operates as an apartment complex. The apartments are home, at least in part, to upperclassmen at Dickinson College.
But the building has a bit of storied history from a time when manufacturing boomed in Carlisle.
Around the turn of the 20th century, Todd Carpet Manufacturing Co. opened its doors at the location, having started in a one room shop in a building at the corner of North and Pitt streets, according to an April 1919 article about the company in The Evening Sentinel.
Todd Carpet purchased the building from the Bellaire Shoe Co. and expanded it, according to the article.
“The factory is one of Carlisle’s substantial industries and everybody rejoices in its growth and prosperity,” the article read.
The company manufactured rag carpets and rag rugs.
In 1919, a fire broke out in the building because of overheated rags in the factory’s dry house, according to an article in The Evening Sentinel. The fire caused an estimated $7,000 in damages, which equates to roughly more than $105,000 in current dollars.
Todd Carpet Manufacturing Co. remained in business until 1960 and was converted into an apartment complex in 1983.
The original rent at the building was $225 per month for a one-bedroom apartment, and $275 per month for two-bedroom apartment.
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