The building is located two and half blocks from the York and Dauphin stop on the El (Market/Frankfort Line). Tenants can also take the buses to the Viking Mill neighborhood. For more information on bus routes visit www.septa.org.
Parking is available on the property but is limited. There is plenty of street parking. Viking Mill is in the process of building a bike rack for tenants to use to lock up their bikes.
Viking Mill is a five-story building complex located in an industrial area of Philadelphia known as East Kensington. The building complex takes up most of the block upon which it sits. Originally built around 1880's as a textile mill, the mill building contained looms for manufacturing carpets. It was constructed in a community where employees walked to and from work, where living and work spaces were closely knit. Now, Viking Mill is located only two blocks from historic Fishtown and rests in a community that is famous for its creative energy, thanks to working artists and craftspeople.
In 2007, Viking Mill was purchased and incorporated by Viking Mill Associates, LLC in pursuit of the idea of creating affordable work space for various kinds of artists and craftspeople. Since 2008, a flood of these creative people have been interested in and renting work space at Viking Mill. The two main buildings of the complex - a five-story building of about 50,000 square feet on the north side of the block and a one story building of approximately 12,000 square feet on the south side - comprise most of the space available to rent. The space for rent is full of character. The five-story building is a brick and wood beamed, hard-wood floored structure, being historic in construction but current in our lives by providing space in which artists can be creative.
Many of the artists who rent space at Viking Mill live in Kensington and Fishtown but some travel from other parts of the city. The proximity of the building to the Market Frankford El further enhances desirability. Some of Viking Mill's tenants include figurative artists, photographers, fashion designers, dressmakers, 3D artists, jewelers, leading Philadelphia muralists, musicians, and a music recording studio. Some of these tenants work in the building full time or use it as a base of operations while other tenants work outside of the building to support themselves. However, all of Viking Mill's tenants use one another as resources to expand their social and professional networks with the goal of making their artistic aspirations the source of their livelihood.
The five-story building exudes character and charm. Built in the 1880s, it boasts exposed brick walls and beams, with hardwood floors. Much of the old textile machinery still adorns many of the work spaces, and from others, there is a breathtaking view of downtown Philadelphia. We renovated Viking Mill to bring modern comfort to the industrial charm of the workspaces we offer.