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Property Name M. Swift & Sons Company
Reference Number 13000527
State Connecticut
County Hartford
Town Hartford
Street Address 10 and 60 Love Lane
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 7/24/2013
Areas of Significance Architecture, Commerce, Industry, Social History
Link to full file http://www.nps.gov/history/nr/feature/places/pdfs/13000527.pdf
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The buildings in the M. Swift & Sons Company Historic District are significant because of the important role the company played in the economic and industrial development of the City of Hartford (Criterion A). Driven by the success of its metalworking industries, Hartford emerged as a national manufacturing leader by the 1880s. The gold beating firm of M. Swift & Sons Company settled into this fertile business environment beside firearm, hardware, and sewing machine producers and like many of these entities, eventually received national recognition for their product. The district's factory complex functioned as the home of the M. Swift & Sons Company throughout its over one-hundred year history, making it a significant component of the City's industrial heritage. Similarly, the residential structures included in the district served as the homes of the Swift family for the majority of the company's history, thus establishing their character as important components of the district. The contributing buildings within theM. Swift & Sons Company Historic District are also significant as they represent notable examples of late brick mill construction and late nineteenth and early-twentieth century residential architecture typical of that found throughout Hartford during the period of their construction (Criterion C). The district's factory complex is one of a dwindling number of nineteenth- and twentieth-century industrial structures in the city and its two residential buildings represent significant phases in the evolution of Hartford' s built environment.

 

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