The John Wilde and Brother, Inc. mill was established by brothers John and Thomas Wilde in the Manayunk neighborhood of Philadelphia in 1880 for the production of wool carpet yarns. Owned and operated by the Wilde family throughout its history, the mill was in continuous operation until 2011. Up until its closure, the Wilde mill was the oldest carpet yarn mill in the U.S.
As a consultant to Martin Jay Rosenblum, AIA & Associates, sbk + partners LLC provided guidance on rehabilitation of this complex of three buildings for multi-unit residential use. Design issues addressed and resolved through State Historic Preservation Office and National Park Service reviews included a new circulation core addition, window replacement, the insertion of new doors in existing window locations, and reonfiguration of the façade of a 1970s addition by noted architect Oscar Stonarov, prominently located on the site. In addition to successful completion of Parts 1 and 2 of the Federal Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit application, sbk provied guidance on the successful National Register of Historic Places nomination.
John Wilde & Brother, Inc. Yarn Mill