Clachan Properties is a Richmond, VA based developer focused on renovating historic structures into modern apartments. By keeping as much of the original charm and history of these buildings, we are able to preserve important parts of the community and provide beautiful housing for residents of the area.
Our apartments showcase many historic features of the original May Hosiery Mill including brick walls, large ‘factory’ windows, and of course the Mill’s signature sawtooth roof.
The May Hosiery Mill knitting factory is an important example of an early twentieth-century hosiery knitting mill located in Burlington, Alamance County, North Carolina, a town at one time known for its dominance in that industry in the early 1900’s. While Burlington was once regarded as a major producer of hosiery, few buildings associated with the industry remain intact in the City.
The building’s use of flat-slab reinforced concrete construction and a sawtooth roof characterizes distinctive industrial building construction of the period. The building’s sawtooth roof, composed of a series of parallel one-sided vertical skylights with a profile similar to the teeth in a saw, features vertical skylights facing north so that only northern light — not direct sunlight and its associated heat — filter into the interior.