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Dery Silk Mill

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1897. 101 Race St.

D. George Dery came to Catasauqua in 1897 to make his fortune in textiles. By World War I he owned fifteen mills in Pennsylvania, employing 4,000 people. This, his first silk mill, is a three-story brick L-shaped structure articulated by tall wood-framed windows on all three floors recessed between brick piers. On the wing parallel to Race Street a gabled monitor runs the length of the building, lighting the top floor. The mill ceased operation in 1923 and was adapted for apartments, but its exterior appearance is essentially unaltered.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "Dery Silk Mill", [Catasauqua, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of PA vol 2

Buildings of Pennsylvania: Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania, George E. Thomas, with Patricia Likos Ricci, Richard J. Webster, Lawrence M. Newman, Robert Janosov, and Bruce Thomas. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 298-298.

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