Litchfield News

Former factory in Bantam undergoes a name change (10-10-18)

An old factory in Bantam has a new name.
Bantam Arts Factory is the new moniker for what was widely known as the Bantam Switch Factory at 931 Bantam Road. The newly-renovated Bantam Arts Factory offers naturally-bright sun-lit loft spaces where resident artists are currently creating everything from woodworking to fine paintings.
 “With its’ bright natural sunlight, high ceilings and views of the Bantam River, the Arts Factory truly offers an ideal creative space,” stated one of the building’s associates Dick Sheldon. “There is also an attractive retail space on the main floor facing Route 202, plus co-working space on all four floors.”
Over the past six decades, the building was leased out to a variety of enterprises and freelance artists and businesses.
“In 2015,” said associate Gary Silverstein, “we decided to renovate and upgrade all four floors into the more current, efficient and safe modern workspaces. We installed uniform lighting throughout, painted all the walls white, and put up trim boards in all the hallways where artists can display their works.”
Jay LeBoff, a third associate, commented, “The building literally had no name after the Switch Factory closed in 1992. Since we now have many artistic entrepreneurs in the building, we logically recently re-named it Bantam Arts Factory.
“Our ambition is to attract creative folks from around the northwest and central Connecticut regions seeking unique and remarkably comfortable original loft space to co-work in with other artists and small businesses.”
The original factory on the site was the Flynn and Doyle Carriage Factory, which was built in 1878 to produce carriages and sleighs. The factory burned to the ground in 1888. The current building became the Connecticut Electric Manufacturing Company in the 1950s, and operated until the early 1990s as the Connecticut Electric and Switch factory.
To learn more about the newly-renovated and re-named Bantam Arts Factory for available leasing spaces, contact David Dean at 860-459-6009 or
Below, a look at one of the lofts in the building and a hallway.