The Brownhill & Kramer Hosiery Mill is significant in Social History, as the site of numerous and innovative labor strikes which had a significant impact on the development of unionization and bargaining power for hosiery workers in Philadelphia and nationally in the 1920s and 1930s. This building is also significant as home to one of the largest manufacturers of full-fashioned hosiery in Philadelphia at the garment’s peak of popularity.
The period of significance begins in 1905, when the Brownhill & Kramer Hosiery Mill, rapidly expanding to become one of the largest full-fashioned hosiery mills in Philadelphia, moved into this location. The company became an early focus in an effort by workers to secure better working conditions and fairer contracts. The period of significance ends in 1938, when Brownhill & Kramer, lured outside of Philadelphia by the prospect of cheaper labor and open shops, closed the Memphis Street mill.
Following 1938, the complex was used by the Chesterman-Leeland Company, manufacturers of stainless steel and aluminum products. Thus was born the namesake – The Chesterman Building.
The Chesterman is a unique renovation located in Philadelphia’s vibrant and historic Fishtown neighborhood. The building houses 57 units consisting of a mix of one bedrooms, two bedrooms and two bedrooms plus den with fantastic views of Center City, the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, and Delaware river-front.Read more...
The Chesterman is a unique renovation located in Philadelphia’s vibrant and historic Fishtown neighborhood. The building houses 57 units consisting of a mix of one bedrooms, two bedrooms and two bedrooms plus den with fantastic views of Center City, the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, and Delaware river-front.
The Chesterman also boasts easy access to both I-95 and Center City and is located within blocks of a multitude of public transit options such as the Market-Frankford train line as well as several bus routes going into Center City and other adjacent neighborhoods.
In an effort to encourage its residents to be green and lower their carbon footprint the building offers a large secure garage space for bicycles located on the first floor of the building, close to the entrance. The building also exclusively uses LED lighting solutions, reducing overall electricity usage significantly.
The Chesterman is located in the heart of Fishtown, with easy access to everything the burgeoning Frankford Avenue corridor has to offer such as Palmer Park, Frankford Hall, Fette Sau, La Colombe Coffee, The Yachtsman, Amrita Yoga, Johnny Brenda’s, Bottle Bar East, Joe’s Steaks, Pizzeria Beddia as well as an abundance other neighborhood attractions.
Apartments & Building Features
- Stainless steel appliances
- Polished concrete floors
- Quartz countertops w/ waterfall edges
- Custom lacquered cabinets
- Stainless steel range hood
- Custom closet organization systems
- Exposed brick & original factory doors & columns
- Meeting rooms
- Community & Screening room
- 24 parking spots - indoor garage
- Bike room
- In-unit washers & dryers
Fishtown has emerged as Philadelphia’s cultural and creative epicenter. Originally a working-class neighborhood where in the early 19th century Dutch and Swedish Shad fishing families settled, Fishtown is now a harbor of artistic, culinary and musical action.Read more...
Fishtown has emerged as Philadelphia’s cultural and creative epicenter. Originally a working-class neighborhood where in the early 19th century Dutch and Swedish Shad fishing families settled, Fishtown is now a harbor of artistic, culinary and musical action.
Winning Curbed Philly’s 2014 Curbed Cup/Neighborhood of the Year, many local & national publications have devoted articles to what has been called Philadelphia’s most interesting neighborhood.
Fishtown has ample green space with Penn Treaty Park, Palmer Park, Konrad Square, Hetzell's Playground and a plethora of dog parks and gardens. In fact, Fishtown is probably the only neighborhood in Philly right now with a truly strong connection to the Delaware River.
Fishtown is quickly becoming one of Philly’s most exciting neighborhoods. It's full of parks, restaurants, bars, boutiques, a City Fitness Gym and much more.
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- The Chesterman Building
410 Memphis St.
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