James Cunningham and Sons built carriages here in the 19th century. When the automobile came around, Cunningham produced some of the most beautiful early motor vehicles. Had they chosen to adopt mass-production techniques, Cunningham Motors would have probably become one of the largest auto manufacturers. Regrettably, they chose art over quantity.
The factory at 33 Litchfield was later used by other businesses, and has been vacant for nearly 20 years.
When it comes back to life in 2014, the Carriage Factory will offer attractive residential lofts and commercial space. The Lofts at the Carriage Factory will become a catalyst in the continued revitalization of the Susan B. Anthony neighborhood, which is adjacent.
The renderings are a courtesy of Daniel Buchanan and Jamie Cook, both seniors at Alfred State College's Architectural Technology program. The photograph above shows the current condition of the building.