The Nipper Building
Originally constructed between 1909 and 1916, this was a Victrola cabinet factory that build wooden cabinets for record players and radio sets. The Victor, known affectionately as the “Nipper Building” and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was originally built to be the anchor building for the Victor Talking Machine Company, later to become RCA Victor, one of the most successful companies of the early 20th century. It was also the headquarters of the Victor Talking Machine Company, later RCA Victor. It is still known as "The Nipper Building," although its official name became 'The Victor' after it was transformed into retail space and condos. The building became known as "The Nipper Building" because of the images of the radio companies adopted the image of a dog named Nipper listening to the radio. The image was an adaptation of the painting "His Master's Voice."
Backstory and Context
RCA ceased manufacturing operations in Camden in 1992. The building was vacant and most other RCA buildings were destroyed. In 2003 tax credits and investment revenue led to the current development plan of retail space and condos.