The bare iron-framed depot shed
The Cape Ann Tool Co. is typical of much of Gloucester's economic problems. Old industry sites, punished by competing foreign markets (generally Asian), lie abandoned in prime realty locations.The problem becomes what to do with the sites in such a way as to boost the local economy whilst also keeping the locals happy.
Sky of shadows: inside the loading depot with Pigeon Cove peeking through a side-entrance on the left
A great deal of original features remained inside the factory on the ground floor. Generators, turning lathes, and other pieces of equipment remained firmly attached to the factory floor displaying a permanence challenging the building's decaying structure.
Cape Ann Tool Co. - Interior
Interior - Furnaces on the left, generator in shadows on right
Venturing up the stairs was a precarious affair. The roof over the factory was stripped and little remained of the first floor (or second floor, here).
Stairs to first floor
Electrical boxes adorned the walls.
The Cape Ann Tool Co. story resonates with the problems facing much of rural USA. Heavily dependent on the manufacturing industry, once that disappeared all that was left in Gloucester was the fishing industry. The challenge facing Gloucester is how to diversify and boost its economy in a sustainable way by means that are acceptable to the local population - the glorious ruin of the Cape Ann Tool Co. site serves as a constant reminder of the decline of the rural economy and the challenges that lie ahead.