Built in 1882 along the French Creek, the foundry of Phoenix Iron & Steel Company poured iron castings well into the 1970’s and is considered Phoenixville’s and Northern Chester County’s most important symbol of the town’s illustrious industrial past.
Abandoned after the decline of the steel industry, it was marked as the centerpiece of Phoenixville’s economic regeneration and in 1998 the Phoenixville Area Economic Development Corporation (PAEDCO) took ownership of the building. As a charitable, non- profit organization, PAEDCO raised the necessary funds to restore the shell of this historic icon and construct a visitor’s center.
Under the guidance of The National Park Service, PAEDCO undertook exterior renovations to bring the building into this century while retaining the industrial and dramatic character of the building.
In 2006, The Hankin Group acquired the Phoenix Foundry property from PAEDCO. As a dynamic real estate company whose main focus is to design, construct and maintain multi-functional, new urbanist communities consisting of commercial, residential and retail properties, Hankin provided a visionary plan for the creation of a flexible event space that melds the industrial character of the building with modern elements that add an elegant sophistication to the interior spaces.
Blending old and new, a unique band of clerestory windows remain dividing the double-tiered roof structure allowing light to pour into the column free open space. Inside, there is a huge wooden cantilever crane still in its original location and thought to be the last and largest of its kind in the entire United States.
Today, Phoenixville Foundry offers 18,000 square feet of event space with all of the modern amenities and rich tradition befitting the town’s illustrious past and future.
To learn more about Phoenixville and the Foundry, visit the Schulkyll River Heritage Center at www.phoenixvillefoundry.org