Be a part of history! Office space with retail possibility on the street level available now in historic Gloucester Net & Twine (on National Park Service Maritime trail)

Gloucester net and twine letter head cropped from columbia ave_biggert_01788

This image is from the “Biggert Collection of Architectural Vignettes on Commercial Stationery”,  Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University

There are 1100ft’ of commercial space available within the historic brick building — one small structure in the industrial complex that is still going strong, as in the Cutter family’s

Strong Leather Company.

In business since 1932, Strong Leather is a major player in producing essential gear for law enforcement such as leather belts, holsters, wallets and accessories. They wholesale to police and military suppliers. They have made local products for Gloucester and Rockport police and fire departments and sometimes Essex and Ipswich. Besides the leather factory, offshoot businesses on site for three generations of the Cutter family include advertising and product and promotional projects. Prior to the leather business, the historic factory was built and incorporated in 1884. Gloucester Net & Twine quickly ramped up as a major ancillary supplier for the fishing industry. It’s one of the largest oldest factories still standing and was placed on the National Historic Registry in 1996. Eight volumes of historic plan books for Gloucester Net & Twine Company are in the collection of Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum.

Gloucester Net & Twine Company is included in the National Park Service maritime history trail in MA. Gloucester is one of the cities with the most sites–only Boston has more. Besides this historic factory building, other Gloucester sites on the maritime trail include: Our Lady of Good  Voyage, East Gloucester Square Historic District, Man at the Wheel, Schooner Adventure, Ten Pound Light,  Eastern Point Light Station, and Annisquam Harbor Light Station.

People interested in the rental space:

  • This is office space and hours. Not residential. There is no living space.
  • Two offices and open bull pens, storage closet, and bathroom
  • No artist studio space (I write that because I have been asked to look for an industrial space that could work for a glass artist–blow torch, glass kiln, etc.There has to be a space in Gloucester somewhere for that sort of artist request!) I wish Maplewood school was artist studios.
  • $1800 monthly
  • ask for Brian (978)281-3300




  • I love the history and the memories cheer you up. All you got to do is call it up- every picture tells a story! 🙂 Dave & Kim 🙂


    • That available space has history, that’s for sure. I like it, too. Thanks, Dave.


      • I noticed last time I did a street view on Washington street in Lanesville lots of boarded up and closed shops…Morey’s liquor store in the old hall next to his days house is right across where I grew up they sure put a lot of work into the place believe it was owned by Mr. Palmer (Bay view area) great man and family – when we lived in it saw it up for sale a while back and they sure put a lot of work into it. I think it was built in “1900”. Load of memories here 🙂 Dave


        • Thanks, Dave. I’ll make sure to look when I’m over there. I saw your paper route memory, too.


  • Actually my older brother had one have and I had the other he decided he didn’t want it and I stepped up and in so to speak after school late suppers until I got a bike Phew!!! Now Winter, well at 4.11inches hauling the paper bag I am sure you can picture that glad we didn’t have the storms like you had two winters ago. Paper was a dime then…It was all good always had coco and cookies folks were so kind what a community! 🙂 Dave


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