From Felt Factory to One of Philadelphia's Most Unique Venues!
Updated: Apr 20, 2018
“The Frogmoor Mills” transformation!
Here at The Felt Factory by Romano’s Catering we take a lot of pride in our historical roots and just how far we have come! We want to take you back to a time when our halls weren’t always filled with the upbeat melodic sounds of love and life being celebrated and the sounds of joyous fun being shared, but instead the sounds that once lived within these walls were of the industrial kind.
The Frogmoore Mills once inhabited this now industrial chic building and filled its halls with the sounds of machinery churning out felt to be shipped all over the country.
The Mills were a central part of the neighborhood of Juniata that we now call home. Situated along the Frankford Creek, the mill was powered by steam and water. Its former address could be found by searching the maps for Powder Mill Lane, now known to all of you and us as well, as Wingohocking Street.
The mill was home to the production of felt and the hard workers alike. The Frogmoore Mills was one of the only felt mills in the United States that produced felt and other textiles that was then shipped out to everyone across the U.S.
Speaking of the production of felt, we wanted to share with you an interesting little story about how the production of felt began and thus led to what was known as the Frogmoore Felt Mill and in turn led to the home of The Felt Factory by Romano's Catering:
“Felt wool is considered to be the oldest known textile. Many cultures have legends as to the origins of felt making. Sumerian legend claims that the secret of felt making was discovered by Urnamman of Lagash the story of Saint Clement and Saint Christopher relates that while fleeing from persecution, the men packed their sandals with wool to prevent blisters. At the end of their journey, the movement and sweat had turned the wool into felt socks”
The Philadelphia Felt Company occupied our building from the 1920’S up until the 1980’s when it was then taken over by what you all know as The Felt Factory by Romano's Catering. Our building still maintains some of the original steel and wooden structures, which provides all our events with that feeling of historical charm.
Our three beautiful ballrooms give all of our guests the feeling of a foundational history with the combined designs of both modern and vintage flare, making it an ideal wedding venue in Philadelphia.