One of the few remaining sizable, historic sites in Greensboro has undergone a major restoration. Printworks Mill was rehabilitated in an adaptive reuse project creating a vibrant, mixed-use community in Greensboro’s blossoming Mill District. The roughly 470,000 square-foot building offers mixed-income residential apartments, interior parking, retail space, and climate-controlled self-storage facilities.
Printworks Mill features a wide array of community amenities to match the interests of all residents:
Printworks stands between two other industrial complexes – Revolution Cotton Mill and White Oak Mill, all originally part of the Cone family textile mill empire and key contributors to the diversification and evolution of the textile industry in Greensboro. In general, textile mills in Greensboro are significant as reflections of the growth of the city and its essential industrial economy. The Printworks Mill was the first textile printer in the south and proved that southern mills could complete the more sophisticated tasks of printing cloth.
Over the next two decades the Cone family continued to expand, purchasing additional mills and expanding services and products provided. The expansion of the state’s textile industry prompted the establishment of metalworking plants to support machinery at the textile mills. The state’s promotion of these industry achievements sought to attract more producers to the state.
Despite those efforts, the industry suffered greatly over the next two decades. Clashes between management and organized labor, changes in regulation, and competition for imported yarns and fabrics all put stress on North Carolina textile mills. Printworks mill closed in 1977. Today, Printworks Mill was given new life.