Hi Robert, It looks like Hendy grew a lot in eight years. In the first drawing I count around 20 private dwellings near the plant and in the 1896 drawing maybe a couple. Its fun to just scroll back and forth and compair.
Robert, those are really interesting. The oddly shaped "tower" is very evident and is shown in photographs posted here some time ago. Really drives the point home on how old the company is (was). I wouldn't mind having a blown up copy of each. Can you reveal your source?
That can be deceiving.
The one from 1889 is a map of all the buildings in Torrington while the one from 1896 is a private illustration of the factory. By private I mean that Hendey had an illustrator do an illustration of the factory. When doing this the illustrator would not put in all of the private buildings as they would detract from the factory view.
It is interesting to note the factory view of 1873, that Jim Christie posted.
This is the same main building that can be seen in both the 1889 and 1896 views but before it is lengthened and the side additions added. The front end of the 1873 factory is the same as the front of the 1896 view(where the wagon is comming out of) save for the small roof shelter addition.
One nice thing about both drawings is that they show the evolution of the original 1873
building. The 1896 rendering shows the site before most of the original buildings to the
left of the office and engineering building were razed to make room for the new shop
buildings. More construction followed to the right of the office and engineering building
as shown in the 1870 to 1920 book. The pre1896 complex look like it might have been
a fun place to work, not so large that you didn't know most of the people who worked
It is also neat to look at the 1873 factory and say that's where my planer was built and to look at the 1889 view, where my lathe was built. I can just imagine looking in the windows and see my lathe being built.