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Catalog Number B1993.75.3
Object Name Print, Photographic
Description This black and white photograph on green matboard with gold trim depicts the view looking southwest across the Winnipesaukee River toward the Busiel Mill.

The main mill building of the John Busiel Mill complex is at center. It and the outbuildings are all reflected in the still waters of the Winnipesaukee up stream of the Avery Dam. The main John Busiel Mill building is built of brick perpendicularly to the river. It has four stories with attic and basement, gable roof, cupola/bell tower, east end chimney, fourth floor dormer windows and chimney stack on north side. The windows appear to be double hung with lightly painted trim and heavy granite lintels. There is a darkly colored small clapboard addition to the north side. This may be a privy. A two story brick structure with flat roof has been built onto the northwest corner of the mill. This is the Picker Building. It joins a second block at the right side of the image, known as the Finishing Mill.
On the left side of the photograph one can see three other buildings behind the John Busiel Mill. At the left is the long three story Knitting Building of the Belknap Mill Corporation with privy tower at extreme left. Next to this one can see the Lewis Busiel Mill. This structure appears to be four stories with attic and gable roof running perpendicularly to the river. It appears to be wooden and sheathed in medium tone painted clapboards with white trim and corner boards. A low single story building is found along Mill Street between the Busiel Mills.
At the left margin is the Mill Street bridge over the Winnipesaukee River. Two male figures stand on this bridge, facing the camera. The figure on the right appears to be climbing on top of the railing. In front of the Bridge one can see the Avery Dam, made of vertical wooden boards.
Hand written on the verso in black ink is: "Laconia and Vicinity / Mirror view of Busiel Mills".
Photographer Durgin, Charles H. and/or Henry J.
Title "Laconia and Vicinity. / Mirror view of Busiel Mills."
Collection Mason Collection
Earliest Date 1900
Latest Date 1912
Place Beacon Street East, Belknap Mill Complex, Laconia, NH
History of Ownership Gift of Bernice Mason, 1993
Repository from the collection of the Belknap Mill Society
People Unknown Man
Unknown Man
Durgin Henry J.
Search Terms Avery Dam
Belknap Mill
Busiel Mill, John
Busiel Mill, Louis F
Esty Mill
Mill Street
Winnipesaukee River
Busiel Mill, John
Subjects 1910s
Architectural elements
Bell towers
Hosiery industry
Industrial buildings
Industrial development
Industrial facilities
Textile industry