PRESERVING THE PAST TO BUILD THE FUTURE
The Scranton lace company was founded in 1897 in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and became the largest manufacturer of Nottingham lace in the world. Nottingham lace was known for its intricate designs and was used in clothing, tablecloths, curtains, and other decorative items.
The company grew rapidly and by the early 1900s, it employed over 1600 workers and had a reputation for producing parachutes for the military and became a major supplier for the war effort.
However, by the 1950’s and 1960’s, the demand for lace began to decline and the company was sold to private investors who attempted to modernize the manufacturing process and diversify the company’s product line.
Despite these efforts, the company continued to struggle and in the 2000’s, it was forced to file for bankruptcy. The factory closed abruptly, mid-shift in 2002 and the historic buildings fell into disrepair.
Lace Village is about preserving the legacy of a community-based company in order to build the future of a new thriving community in its footprint. With that spirit in mind, today’s Lace Village is a community that offers well appointed residential apartments and townhomes encompassed in an unparalleled offering of amenities.
8 of the original 34 buildings, which are the oldest (1891) and most historically significant, have been saved and given new life. The remaining buildings total over 170,000 Sq. Ft. Thankfully the magnificent clock tower and the 50 foot, 20 ton loom have been preserved as well. A stroll through the village will take you back in time, reminiscent of a stroll through the town of Nottingham, England.
We welcome you to take a tour with us so you can truly feel what your life in Lace Village will be like. We are proud of our accomplishments and love to show it off.