What is the Catskill Mill?
We're transforming a trio of buildings in the Village of Catskill from something closed and vacant into something open and vibrant.
Two of the buildings (361 Main Street and 111 Water Street) are what used to be Oren's Furniture Store. It's been ten years since these buildings played an active role in the community of Catskill, and it's a good time to open their doors again.
In our Main St. building we are setting up workshops. Catskill's identity as a center of manufacturing and skilled tradespeople goes back hundreds of years, and we're doing our part to preserve this.
We currently have shops for working in clay, wood, metal, leather, electronics, textiles and fiber arts. Each shop is run by a master crafter and eventually we will offer rotating apprenticeships for those looking to learn a trade.
In our Water Street building we plan to create a hotel and a restaurant. The rooms in the hotel will be furnished with what we make in our workshops; likewise for the dining room of the restaurant: everything will be made in-house, from the tableware to the linens to the chairs and tables.
We will have an educational component (rotating apprenticeships), with more than just a vocational focus on a particular trade. This is an exploration of what it means to make a living, to make a life, making things.
We will have a retail component. Our storefront will act as a storeroom for the raw materials we're using to make things, which will be available for sale alongside finished products.
We will also have a tourism component. People can come stay in the hotel and in one weekend put their hands on many different materials and tools, seeing masters work and trying their own hand.
Our aim is to create a place that will draw people to Catskill and get them to explore the rest of this wonderful town we call home.
Who is involved?
The Catskill Mill started when Rob Kalin purchased the buildings in January, 2013. Since then, the crew has grown. In order of appearance: Trevor B, Kurt H, Waylon R, Sean R, Margot B, Alex M, Nick N, Letty A, Asia S, Juan B and Sarah G.
We are incubating one other business as well, Wheel Fi, which is: Jeffrey J, Christoph V, Jon-Marc K.
When will things be ready?
So far, almost all the workshops are up and running, with one person working in each. We're taking custom commissions and soon we'll be opening up to the public: classes and craft nights. The storefront is being built out now and will open later this year.
The big building for the hotel and restaurant needs a lot of renovation and furnishings, so that will take more time. A couple years. In the meantime, we're going to resume our food truck down by the creek come warmer weather.
Because we live here, because this is our home, because we are all part of this community.
This is a long-term project to help revitalize Catskill in a meaningful, long-lasting way.
We see this as a big, beautiful experiment: an exploration. We're not pretending like we have all the answers or that this will be some quick fix for the town. It takes generations to make meaningful change.
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A History of the Mill Buildings
Built in the late 1800's, the Mill has seen many uses over the years.
Developed with a dwelling, millinery, clothing store, Raynor and Smith (flour and seed), and the Harris Knitting Co. which included a store house.
Developed with a fruit and candy stand, carriage depository, dwelling, millinery, clothing storefront, blacksmith and wagon shop, the W.S.C. Wiley Kaaterskill Hosiery Mills which included a machine shop, washing, and spinning, and Raynor and Smith (flour, feed, grain, and fertilizers).
Developed with a fruit stand, carriage repository, blacksmith, department store, clothing store, the W.S.C. Wiley Kaaterskill Hosiery Mills which included a repair shop, blacksmith, dye house, washing, and spinning, and A. Raynor (flour, feed, and grain).
Developed with a tobacco stand, blacksmith, knit goods storage, department store, clothing storefront, feed and grain, and the Union Mills-Wiley Branch including a repair and machine shop, dye room and house, and washing.
Developed with a department store, storage, blacksmith, storefront, feed and grain, and Union Mills, Inc. (manufacturer of sweaters) including a factory, repair shop, and dye room and house.
Developed with a department store, blacksmith, storage, feed and grain, and Union Mills Inc. (manufacturers of sweaters) (not in operation at this time) including a factory building, repair shop, and dye house and room.
Developed with the Catskill Foundry & Machine Works including a machine shop, coal, and shop, K.B. Products (mushroom growing), and a furniture storefront and storage.
Developed with the Table-Art Furniture Manufacturing Co., Inc. (manufacturers of wooden furniture) including a factory building and storage, the Catskill Foundry & Machine Works including a machine shop and office, and furniture repair and storage.
1966 - 2000
Oren’s Furniture Store (361 Main Street)
2000 - 2012
Unfinished conversion into private condominiums.
2013 - Present
Developing with workshops, retail, and eventually apartments/hotel.