Retro Charlotte

Joseph Sykes Bros. manufactured for the mill trade

The Joseph Sykes Brothers building, 1928
The Joseph Sykes Brothers building, 1928 The Charlotte Observer

Now occupied by the hip ad agency Boone Oakley, the Joseph Sykes Brothers building was built at 1445 South Mint Street in 1926. Sykes manufactured card clothing for use in textile mills - see the link for a more detailed explanation.

The Observer reported on construction plans that year: “Lockwood Greene and company are engineers involved in charge of designing the new plant which Joseph Sykes Brothers will build in Charlotte for the manufacture of card clothing required by their American trade. This well known English concern has had offices in Charlotte for years, and the growth of their business has made it advisable to erect here a manufacturing plant.

“Their plant will be located on the corner of Mint and Gold streets (now Summit St). It will be of brick and steel construction and will contain about 15,000 feet of floor space. Contract for construction will be let in about 60 days.”