The Historic Pratt Gin complex stands as one of the South’s first industrial manufacturers, and a remarkable landmark in the heart of Prattville, Alabama. Daniel Pratt, the city’s namesake, began making cotton gins in 1833. Along with the gin factory complex, he built houses, churches, and schools for his workers. Pratt Gin eventually became Continental Gin which later became Continental Eagle Corporation. After almost two centuries of fabrication, Prattville’s gin factory closed its doors in 2013. Just across the creek from downtown, the Historic Pratt Gin Factory is being carefully transformed into housing.
Site strategies capitalize on the industrial scale and rich patina of the complex. Massive steel columns and beams are retained, creating distinct outdoor rooms. Existing concrete slabs are carefully harvested and strategically re-introduced throughout the site as paving, edging, and retaining walls. The former rail line bisecting the site is marked with large paint stripes, and early successional plant communities are seeded to initiate a more verdant, porous, and occupiable site.
Chambless King Architects