Leipziger Baumwollspinnerei
The Leipziger Baumwollspinnerei (Leipzig Cotton Mill) is an industrial site in Leipzig
Leipzig Leipzig has always been a trade city, situated during the time of the Holy Roman Empire at the intersection of the Via Regia and Via Imperii, two important trade routes. At one time, Leipzig was one of the major European centres of learning and culture in fields such as music and publishing...

, Germany
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. Parts of this 10-hectare site in the district of Lindenau are used today by art galleries, studios and restaurants.

Founded in 1884, the business developed into the largest cotton mill in continental Europe over the next quarter century. During this time, an entire industrial town with over 20 factories, workers' housing, kindergartens and a recreational area, grew in western Leipzig. The mill reached its maximum extent in 1907, with 240,000 spindle
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s processing cotton across a working area of about 25 acres (101,171.5 m²). Up to 4,000 people worked there, until production of thread was halted in 1993 following the reunification of Germany several years earlier.

Subsequently, the area was repopulated by a mixture of people including craftsmen, self-employed, and above all artists, many belonging to the so-called "New Leipzig School
New Leipzig School
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". More than half of the available space has since been rented out again for new purposes.

Ten galleries, a communal arts center (Halle 14), and around 100 artists (including Neo Rauch
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, Jim Whiting
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 and Matthias Weischer
Matthias Weischer
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) have all settled at the site, as well as restaurants, fashion designers, architects, printers, a goldsmith, a pottery, a film club, a porcelain manufacturer, and an arts supply store.

The site contained several platform interchanges from a now-disused railway between Lindenau and Plagwitz. Parts of the platforms are still intact.

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