My first recollection of the mill was in 1999 when it caught fire during the renovation of the mill into lofts. This horrible fire was made more exciting by the rescue of a crane operator who was trapped above the blaze in his crane. Firefighter Matt Mosely was lifted by helicopter to the crane where he rescued the operator and lightened the situation by telling the worker that his boss said "he could knock off early." Of course the news broadcasts where filled with this story for about a week.
|Images from the rescue|
The renovations continued after the fire and some very nice lofts were built. One of my friends bought one and I loved to visit him, you could just feel the history in the building even though the lofts were built with a very contemporary look and feel. It is an interesting match. Then in March of 2008 an F2 tornato hit the Lofts causing significant damage including a crushed elevator that was believed to have people in it and structural damage to 5 of the 7 buildings. Thankfully nobody was killed and the elevator was actually empty when it was hit with 4 floors worth of debris. My friend was allowed to return to his unit after a few days and reconstruction started again on the damaged buildings. Now they are completely restored and perfect for an art show.
|Map of the Community, I'll be in building B|
The show is tonight, Friday, Dec 7 from 6pm - 10 pm and Saturday, Dec 8 from 2pm - 7pm I'll be in Building B which is the community center, it's near the front entrance, I hope you can stop by, have a glass of wine and enjoy some good art.
Their is a $5 entrance fee (cash only) which goes to support local, worthy causes.
The preview party for the artists was last night and it was fantastic, you really don't want to miss seeing the art and the archetecture.
Directions to The Stacks Lofts
History of the Fulton Bag and Cotton Mill