Today’s door is a blend of old and new. Currently, it is the site of the Eagle & Phenix Historic Riverfront Living Condos.
It’s history dates all the way back to the 1800s when the building was a cotton mill. According to their website, “Cotton milling operations began on this site when William H. Young established the Eagle Mills. In 1860 when Mr. Young absorbed the nearby Howard Factory, Eagle Mills became the second largest mill in Georgia.”
In its prime, the mill “produced material for Confederate uniforms and other critical goods during the Civil War.”
The original main mill was burned after the peace treaty between Lee and Grant was signed due to slow communication unfortunately. So the current building is actually the rebuilt structure from 1869, and was “renamed the Eagle & Phenix Mills to symbolize rising from the ashes.”
Of course, over the years mill operations have declined across the United States, so this mill was no different. From 1947 until 2003, various companies owned the mill property and modified it to some extent. Eventually, it just became unused.
The current owners, the W. C. Bradley Company, purchased it back in 2003 and have been restoring it to its 1900 condition as much as possible.
Interestingly enough, the apartment website says that a W.C. Bradley was the president and owner of the mill from 1915 to 1947. I have to assume, its the same family as the current company ownership. It seems to be a prominent name in Columbus from what I can tell, but I’d have to do a bit more research.
But for now, I can tell you that the condos range from a 1-bedroom, 659-foot for $170,000 to a 2-bedroom, 2074-foot for $649,900. They also have apartments that range from $860 studios to $2200 2-bedrooms.
Here are a few pictures from their site:
This is what the view is like of the building, from the opposite side of the river. It’s the building to the left of the water tower. So, as you can see, the residents have a great view of the river and are right downtown.
Great view, close to shops, AND preserving a bit of history, I guess that makes it all a great place to live. I myself, prefer a little bit of a yard for now. But maybe later in life, a city condo would work just fine. I am just happy that the grand old building has new life in it.