The Bottling Works building was constructed in 1940 as the central Coca Cola bottling facility for Winchester VA and the surrounding area. The building was designed in the Art Deco style which was consciously selected by Coca Cola for its industrial buildings at the time because it conveyed modernity to the contemporary consumer of the early to mid 20th century. There are similar Coca Cola bottling facilities in the Art Deco style in Norfolk and Staunton.

The Bottling Works - Historic Loft Apartments
The Bottling Works - Historic Loft Apartments

Bottling operations were carried out in the original 1940 building with an addition in 1960 on the rear of the building to provide more warehousing space. The sanitizing machines and bottling process would have been clearly visible through the large front windows.

The Bottling Works - Historic Loft Apartments

In its heyday there would have been more than twenty people working in and around the plant each day with the delivery trucks coming and going through the back of the building to load up for deliveries around the Valley, each piloted by a smartly dressed employee.

The Bottling Works - Historic Loft Apartments

In the mid 1960’s because of the consolidation of Coca Cola’s bottling operations to larger purpose built facilities The Bottling Works ceased bottling operations and became a distribution facility. In the mid 1970’s a high bay warehouse was added on the north side of the original building to provide additional storage.

Distribution continued until 2006 when Coca Cola moved its bottling operation elsewhere. Scallan Properties acquired the building in 2007 and has developed it into a unique apartment project that will continue to highlight the architectural history and cultural importance of the building into the future.