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Trenton Watch Factory

Trenton Watch Factory

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Client Ajax Management

Location Trenton, NJ

Scope 13,400 SF

In the early 20th Century, the city of Trenton was the center of watchmaking in America.

By the middle of the century, much of that industry had vanished. The Trenton Watch Factory, which manufactured various timepieces, closed in the 1950s and was subsequently converted into apartments. In 2015, Ajax Management bought the historical landmark and asked us to reimagine it.

TWF entrance
TWF entrance front view

Ajax asked us to design a new front entrance and facade, as well as the atrium space inside the former factory. We relocated the entrance away from its original position, added a Corten steel canopy and a poured-in-place concrete wall to accentuate the new front door. We also covered the existing entrance facade in new gray fiber-cement panels to give the building an updated contemporary feel.