The Remington Arms factory in Bridgeport, Connecticut is a spectacular 1.5 million-square-foot structure of 13 interconnected buildings stretching over 76 acres. Now its future is imperiled. Long a monument on the city’s East Side, it was originally built by the Remington Arms-Union Metallic Cartridge Company beginning in 1915 to fill an order for one million rifles and 100 million rounds of ammunition to supply czarist Russian armies. Later, the building turned out bayonets, Colt automatic pistols, Browning Machine Guns, and automatic rifles. In 1920, General Electric purchased the property, and produced thousands of small kitchen appliances in the plant, but GE slowly pulled manufacturing from the building, and closed it entirely in 2007.
Full Story – HERE
- Google Street View – HERE
- Google Satellite View – HERE
- Some more pictures of the actual building, and ghost stories – HERE (It definitely does look spooky in these pictures)
Whenever I see old buildings like this, all I see are luxury lofts!
Think Tribeca / SOHO in NYC … this would be perfect for such a project. Maybe there isn’t a market for such a development in Bridgeport though? I have never been, and I have no idea how sprawling the real estate and job markets are there. The building would definitely work well though. Plus, how badass would that be to live in a luxury version of an old Remington factory? These industrial areas never seem to be in very low crime areas either, but from what I’ve observed, as long as you have security and indoor parking people don’t seem to mind. If I were in charge of the project, for posterity there would have to be at least one building dedicated to firearms. It looks like there would be more than enough room for a few indoor ranges; judging by the satellite view the individual buildings are approximately 100m in length.
No matter what, I hope they find some use for the buildings. I’d hate to see them demolished, but the sad truth is that the bricks are probably worth a mint and will be sold to builders who will pay a premium, and use them in new homes.
Hat Tip: LifeAList