Ghost of Painters Mill


Photo of the Old Lion Brothers Building, taken by Dylan Greene

Yesterday was occupied by visiting my grandparents and today was something of an oddity. Aside from Dungeons & Dragons, I took this opportunity to indulge in a guilty pleasure of mine: Taco Bell. If you go up Reisterstown Road long enough (my previous GPS mispronounced it so it sounded like “REESE-terstown”) from my house, you’ll come to a part of Owings Mills called “Painters Mill”. That part has gone under some significant redevelopment. Recently, a small block of stores has been demolished, guess nobody will miss the Cricket Wireless or the gnarly looking adult DVD store.

On the other side of the road is Foundry Row, a newly built shopping plaza that’s got a Mission BBQ, Zoe’s Kitchen, Bagby Pizza, Chipotle, and a Wegman’s. There’s a DSW planned as well, which Fits right in with Owings Mills’ affluent nature, though I must confess that slick facade does not appeal to me.

What did, however, was a fragment of my childhood that lay in stasis. Near the Pizza Hut across from the Taco Bell I ate at is the remains of an old embroidering manufacturer, known as Lion Brothers. In its heyday, it was the world’s largest manufacturer of embroidered emblems.

In my middle school days, I had gone on a field trip there. It’s kind of surreal seeing some place that you’ve been to suddenly all closed up and abandoned. Funny enough, the Lion Brothers building in Baltimore city is considered something of a historical landmark. But the factory in Owings Mills has been all but forgotten.

Or perhaps more appropriately, it has moved. I didn’t manage to find the address, but I got a birds-eye-view of the map. It isn’t far from its previous location, but still the sight of the old factory is something to behold.

There’s something about visiting a place and then knowing it’s gone that makes you feel a bit like a ghost. It’s not the only place, nor it is what I’m most familiar with. I think to myself though, what if I knew? How would I have behaved if I knew?

But I did not know. I barely have any recollection walking through the factory floor, though I do remember the embroidery. So many emblems, many organizations, who could name them all?

But now I was looking at a remnant. A small reminder of Painters Mill. Hmm, what exactly did that mean? Maybe if I ventured up Rosewood Lane, I’d find the answer…

UPDATE: The article previously mentioned that Painter’s Mill was in Pikesville. It is located in Owings Mills, this error has been corrected.

5 thoughts on “Ghost of Painters Mill

  1. Sometimes looking back on things from The past can show us just how much it and we as individuals have changed. Its sort of like having a moment of reflection into ones own life, making us wonder at what we had done and what could have been had we done something different. It is also a chance to reflect on how we have grown, changed, and matured from who we were to who we are Now. We can take this moment of reflection to see where we would like to be years from now and what we think we have to do in order to get to our goals.


    • I’ll post a follow up photo with the shopping center. I remember when the Solo Cup plant is still there.

      Honestly, I kind of miss that strip mall they just knocked down. I guess I’ll never get to go to that adult DVD store…

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