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Gloucester’s Historic Paint Factory

September 23, 2013
The Gloucester Paint Factory in Gloucester, Massachusetts.

Gloucester Paint Factory

It’s Claim to Fame

Locally referred to as the Gloucester Paint Factory, the Tarr and Wonson Paint Manufactory buildings were originally constructed in 1874. Located on the tip of Rocky Neck in Gloucester, Massachusetts, the company’s claim to fame was its innovative boat bottom paint used to prevent barnacles.

A Proud Symbol

When the company closed its doors in the 1980s, the buildings became a symbol of Gloucester’s historic — and now struggling — fishing industry. The buildings’ slow decay over the last few decades seems to have mirrored the ongoing regulation troubles that have befallen the Gloucester fishermen.

Ocean Alliance Sees Potential

In 2008, a hero appeared. The Ocean Alliance purchased the buildings to house its new headquarters and future state-of-the-art whale research facility. Historic New England also chose to partner with the Ocean Alliance to capture and share the history of this important local site.

A Dream Realized

After more than five years of research, fundraising and challenging renovation, the Ocean Alliance saw its dream realized with a ribbon-cutting ceremony held on May 31st of this year.

The newly renovated site — open 9:00 – 5:00  — is now safe for both visitors and the environment. People are welcome to come and fish, have a picnic, or simply enjoy the scenic view during the organization’s hours of operation.

So when visiting Gloucester, Massachusetts, come see how the past has joined hands with the present through this enduring piece of coastal architecture.

Photo Info:

Camera:  Nikon D300
Lens:  Nikkor 18-200 mm
Exif Data:  ISO 200, 200mm, f/9.0, 1/250 sec.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. September 23, 2013 8:41 am

    I would very much like to see/photograph the inside of those buildings.

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