Which hotel was originally erected as the John S. O'Connor Glass Factory?
Hint: this hotel was built in 1890 and illustrates the deep culture and heritage of the area's manufacturing industry.
Answer: If you guessed Ledges Hotel (1890) in Hawley, Pennsylvania, you guessed correctly!
The Federal-style bluestone building that houses the Ledges Hotel today was erected as a factory for glass manufacturing. Designed with pediment windows, shed-style roof, and decorative cornice, the three-story factory was built at the foot of the Wallenpaupack Falls representing the rich industrial culture of the region that remains historically significant today.John S. O'Connor’s American Rich Cut Glass Factory manufactured cut-glass, generating electricity from the creek directly behind the building. Between 1880 and 1905, during the "Brilliant Period" of glass cutting, O'Connor designed his iconic collectible glass patterns, including Parisian, Florentine, and Princess. Even after T. B. Clark purchased the factory from O'Connor to relocate the Maple City Cut Glass Company in 1902, catalogs offering O'Connor's brilliant cut pieces were issued.
The factory shifted from a glass cutting manufacturer into a silk mill when H.W. Kimble moved H. W. Kimble Silk Company into the building in 1926. Shortly afterward, the factory was sold to Vacca & Sons to operate the Arrow Throwing Mill. The textile industry continued to thrive in the area for decades. During World War II, Arrow Throwing Mill supported the war effort as a supplier of yarn for Emblems and nylon for parachutes.In 1988, the factory was converted into an inn and began its transformation. Today, Ledges Hotel occupies the former glass cutting and silk factory and combines its original elements with modern upgrades to create a luxurious and historically rich establishment. Partnering with world-class architectural firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson and custom furniture designers from Boyce Products, Ledges Hotel embodies luxurious and rustic charm while celebrating its natural settings and maintaining the aesthetic and historic integrity of the building.
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