Our History . . .
HUNT, HELM, FERRIS & CO.
Starline Factory is an over 100 year old factory building that has been completely renovated. It is a cornerstone building in Harvard, IL.
The Hunt, Helm, Ferris & Co. manufactured more than 50 products and acquired over 250 patents on equipment designed to streamline farm work. Soon after farmers stared referring to the company’s merchandise as the “star”line of farmstead equipment, they renamed the corporation Starline in 1931.
Starline is Born
More than a decade ago, Orrin Kinney rescued the building from demolition. Through Kinney’s vision to restore and re-purpose the old factory inspires a sense of awe, and creative possibilities. Kinney took a seemingly useless space and created an amazing niche for pioneering artists to establish their studios.
Soon after the restoration began, art shows were being held inviting the community and beyond to experience the magnificence of the Starline Factory and its artists.
Today, the building has become a destination location for artists, art enthusiasts, and those seeking to host their special event in a unique setting.