Former Factory Site Will Be Developed

November 21, 2017

The former Mallory Hat factory on Rose Hill Road, vacant for three decades and in disrepair, will be torn down to make way for a new development. The building will be demolished and remediated along with the nearly four-acre parcel.

Ezra Mallory started his hat business in 1823 and helped build Danbury’s worldwide reputation in the industry. The project is going forward thanks to a $1.3 million grant from the state that will transform the blighted property. Once demolition and remediation are complete, this brownfield property will make way for a women's and children transitional residential facility.

At its peak, the former Mallory Hat Company employed 400 people and produced 50,000 hats every year. Mallory’s high-grade hats sold for between $1.50 and $8.00, depending on the animal pelt. Pelts came from around the world, including Great Britain, Russia, Australia and South America.