The Garner Print Works, now the site of the Garnerville Arts & Industrial Center, was built between 1838 and the early 20th century, and is named after the Garner brothers, the second owners of the original calico printing plant.
At one time, the plant, which became known as Rockland Print Works, employed thousands of workers and grew to include the printing and dyeing of wool, cotton and linen. The Print Works was a prolific plant and produced enough dresses to clothe every woman in America. Its stock was traded on the New York Stock Exchange. The plant, which includes more than 30 buildings, closed briefly during the Great Depression but was brought back to life in 1938 by the Garnerville Holding Company, the current owner of the Garnerville Arts & Industrial Center.
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GARNERVILLE, N.Y. – May 14, 2013 -– Local dignitaries including State, County, Town and Village officials today joined with the GARNER Arts Center (formerly GAGA) leadership, the Preservation League of New York and leaders from First Niagara for two major announcements regarding restoration and preservation at the Garnerville complex. First Niagara Foundation presented GARNER with a $6,000 donation to launch the Gallery Restoration campaign; and the Preservation League announced Garnerville Arts & Industrial Center’s listing on the State Register of Historic Places as the “Rockland Print Works Historic District”.
Dating to 1838, the Garnerville Arts & Industrial Center has a storied past that has caught the attention of the Preservation League of New York and the New York State Historic Preservation Office. The former textile mill originally known as Garner Print Works and, later, Rockland Print Works has also captured the imagination of the many businesses, artists and artisans that work here, and of the many thousands of visitors attending the GARNER Arts Festivals, Exhibitions and CREEKSIDE trail. Garnerville Arts & Industrial Center’s incredible history is recounted in the National Register of Historic Places Nomination.
Garnerville Arts & Industrial Center prides itself in assuring that the historic character of the facility is preserved while modernizing and upgrading features necessary to conduct business in the 21st century. Our tenants appreciate the opportunity to build their businesses in an historic, yet professional atmosphere.
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