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Report - Adam Osser's Cotton Mill - Lodz, Poland - March 2013


In Search of Lost Time
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On the day before a massive snow storm I decided to visit one of many abandoned factories located in my industrial hometown - Lodz. Like most of the forgotten redbricked factories, also this one is totally empty inside, often visited and continuously being stripped by local metal thieves :( . According to locals, they even managed to steal elevator steel ropes and cut and remove massive water tank from the water tower. The factory was on fire several times in the last decade, although building is listed, nobody seems to bother - factory private owner or the local council. Adam Osser's Cotton Mill is a part of history of industrial city of Lodz.
Factory complex was built in 1903 for one of Jewish cotton industrialists Adam (Abe) Osser. Cotton Mill is a typical example of a mixture of Neo-Gothic (gothic revival) and Art Nouveau architectural style which dominated industrial buildings in Lodz. Building has characteristic brick structure ( painted white outside, stands out comparing to most of the redbricked factories) and massive windows.

Here is some history of industrial Lodz once called the Promised Land :

The immigrants came to the Promised Land ( Ziemia obiecana, the city's nickname) from all over Europe. Mostly they arrived from Southern Germany, Silesia and Bohemia, but also from countries as far away as Portugal, England, France and Ireland. The first cotton mill opened in 1825, and 14 years later the first steam-powered factory in both Poland and Russia commenced operations. In 1839, 78% of the population was German,and German schools and churches were established. A constant influx of workers, businessmen and craftsmen from all over Europe transformed ŁÃ³dź into the main textile production centre of the Russian Empire. Three groups dominated the city's population and contributed the most to the city's development: Poles, Germans and Jews, who started to arrive since 1848. Many of the ŁÃ³dź craftspeople were weavers from Silesia. In the 1823–1873, the city's population doubled every ten years. The years 1870–1890 marked the period of most intense industrial development in the city's history. Many of the industrialists were Jewish. Despite the air of impending crisis preceding World War I, the city grew constantly until 1914. By that year it had become one of the most densely-populated industrial cities in the world—13,280 inhabitants per square kilometre (34,400 /sq mi). A major battle was fought near the city in late 1914, and as a result the city came under German occupation after 6 December but with Polish independence restored in November 1918 the local population liberated the city and disarmed the German troops. In the aftermath of World War I, ŁÃ³dź lost approximately 40% of its inhabitants, mostly owing to draft, diseases and because a huge part of the German population was forced to move to Germany.

Here is some old pics of my industrial city:



Lodz was also called City of Chimneys:



Adam Osser's Cotton Mill

First level:






Second and third level:







Tower staircase:




Last level:


View from the rooftop and tower:





my friend :)






old view:


Thanks for looking...
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