mill no. 1
Mill No. 1 enjoys an important part of history along the Jones Falls, starting as a cotton mill in 1847 and in 1973 becoming the home of Life Like Products. The Mount Vernon Company, which operated several mills in the Jones Falls Valley, became the world’s largest producer of cotton duck in the late 19th century, supplying cotton for sails, uniforms, tents and parachutes for the army. The collection of buildings, listed on the National Register for historic places, dates from 1845 to 1918.
Terra Nova Ventures acquired the property that contains Mill No. 1, and the two ancillary buildings known as the Picker Building and Store House. The developers converted the complex into 90 apartments and 42,000 sq. ft. of commercial space.
picker building (heron room)
Located in the heart of Mill No. 1, the Picker Building, now Heron Room. The unique venue will host numerous weddings, Bar Bat Mitzvah, Corporate event, gala, luncheon, holiday, or private party. 2,500 sq. ft. of ballroom space with seating up to 150 with a dance floor. Guests are delighted to spend the evening on the front patio and terrace overlooking the industrial jungle atmosphere.
boiler room (Cosima)
Inside the walls of the boiler room (that actually burned down twice in history) now operates as a restaurant. Cosima highlights the fresh Mediterranean cuisine of Sicily and captures the authentic essence of traditional Southern Italian flavors through its menu and unique cocktails. The smoke stack towers over the shared courtyard and keeps a wood fired oven perfect for delicious passed pizzas and heavy hors d’oeuvres. A large open bar and separate patios full of industrial features create great areas for cocktail parties.
Heron Room Event Destination invites guests to explore an experience like no other in the area. Mill No. 1 causes you to forget where you are. Enter the one-way path, follow its bend onto a cobblestone courtyard. During your cocktail party we invite your guests to explore from the steel bridge where panoramic views of the mill can be seen. It’s often to see wildlife and the yellow-crowned night Heron perched on a rock above the bubbling waters of the falls.