HARVEY WOODS | Woodstock Abandoned Places

Harvey Woods is a definite Woodstock landmark!  It's been the topic of a lot of discussion since its closure over 20 years ago.  Anyone who knows me is familiar with my little obsession with tired urban landscapes.  I love seeing old relics of Woodstocks industrial prime.  A little strange, I know, but I can't help but soak up the history and the unexpected that these old buildings can offer. Although there were a couple of Harvey Woods locations in Woodstock, this one in particular on Vansittart Avenue manufactured socks.  When the textiles industry dried up, they were forced to close.

The building itself has sat vacant for the past 20 years.  Slowly it  has become more and more overgrown and in need of repair.

Turns out that a not for profit in Woodstock has purchased the building and will be fixing it up for affordable housing!  As an intro to the project they invited local residents to tour the old facility before they break ground.  I was lucky enough to tour the empty Harvey Woods on Saturday!

Former Mayor Michael Harding was our tour guide.  We had access to all three floors of the building:

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Although the paint is peeling and the windows are a little worse for wear, the building was in surprisingly great shape!  It was amazing being given free reign to explore and admire each detail of the utilitarian interior.

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The lighting was gorgeous.  The paint was that lovely worn colour of green and white.

Lots of light

I would love to snatch up this corner.  Wouldn't it make a great loft?

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The factory was actually 2 buildings at one time, until both structures were joined together.  There was a neat little elevator that sat in the middle of the two old buildings. 02-18-2013HarveyWoods3 Because the power was disconnected we toured the basement in the dark.   There was still a bit of light shining through the front windows.  This old sprinkler system still had a neat sign attached.  The first aid room and bathrooms in the basement probably weren't this creepy 20 years ago!  They had a spooky look to them.

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What do you think about fixing up old buildings?  Is it better to start new?  Or do you prefer the history of an old space?