Philly Block Project

The Stetson Hat Factory

Did you know that the 10-gallon cowboy hat was born in Philadelphia? South Kensington to be exact!

Located in the former “Workshop of the World,” this factory employed over 5,000 people at its peak in the 1920s.

In total, the factory spanned twenty-five buildings occupied nine acres in the areas surrounding Germantown and Montgomery Avenues; The “campus” was so large that John B. Stetson started a school, a hospital and a building-and-loan society for his employees!

The Stetson plant in Philadelphia closed in 1971, and the last standing building remains on the 1400 Block of N. 4th Street.