Flour Mill

The Flour Mill, at 1000 Potomac Street in Georgetown, was part of the original industrial buildings along the Georgetown waterfront on the Potomac. A flour mill was first built on this site in 1832 by George Bomford, but when it burned down in 1844, he rebuilt it as a cotton mill with an immense waterwheel and 100 looms. It remained a cotton mill for many years, but was eventually converted back into a flour mill after the supply of cotton became limited after the Civil War.
There was a rendering plant next door, which operated until 1971. The flour mill had a large sign outside its building saying “The Objectionable Odors You May Notice in This Area Do Not Originate in This Plant.”
The building remained an active mill up until 1969, when it was sold by Washington Flour and converted into office buildings, leaving the original exterior intact. This door is from the north side of the building.