Knitting Mill Antiques is the proud home to over 100 individual dealers offering quality vintage collectibles and antiques. It's location within a beautifully restored turn-of-the-century sewing factory, perfectly compliments it's use and provides visitors with a shopping experience as unique as its wares.
Originally constructed in 1916 by the Signal Apparel Company, the two-and-a-half story brick building was utilized for the manufacture of various types of clothing for shipment worldwide. Additions were made in 1922 and 1933 to complete the 80,000 square foot structure as it stands today. With the general decline of the U.S. textile industry in the 1980’s, the building became underutilized and was eventually sold to its current owners, a partnership of real estate investors, in 1998.
This partnership envisioned bringing the building back to life with uses that would benefit from its beautiful brick walls, original wood floors and high ceilings. Also noted were the early signs of a major resurgence of the Northshore commercial district, which has since exploded with an eclectic mix of retail shopping, dining, housing and public parks.
Rehab began in 2003 and Knitting Mill Antiques opened in December of that year. In 2006, Foodworks opened its doors on the east end of the Knitting Mill and immediately became one of Chattanooga’s favorite dining establishments. Future plans are to construct loft-style condominiums on the top floor (remember those high ceilings?) and live/work space in the North building.
The Knitting Mill is on the National Register of Historic places and received the 2005 Excellence Award for Adaptive Re-use by the Regional Planning Agency. The buildings are a beautiful example of early 20th century industrial architecture.