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Property Name UNITED WASTE MANUFACTURING COMPANY BUILDING
Reference Number 13000054
State New York
County Rensselaer
Town Troy
Street Address 1 Jackson Street, Troy, NY
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 03/06/2013
Areas of Significance ARCHITECTURE, INDUSTRY
Link to full file http://www.nps.gov/history/nr/feature/places/pdfs/13000054.pdf
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The former United Waste Manufacturing Company Building is an important example of turn-of-the-twentieth century industrial architecture in Troy, New York. Completed ca. 1902, the building was erected in large measure as a warehouse for the storage of wool shoddy by United Waste, the principal manufacturing facility of which was established in nearby Cohoes in 1899, the year the company was founded. The nominated building was conceived in imposing terms, rising six full stories above its rectangular plan, with distinctive detailing of a castellated Romanesque nature; it remains today among the more prominent and distinctive representations of utilitarian architecture in south Troy's industrial quarter. The building's large scale, limited fenestration and crenellated, medieval-inspired detailing marks it as an impressive local landmark, one which is visible for miles along the adjacent Hudson River corridor, while its vast interior spaces continue to reflect its original function as a storage and processing facility for large quantities of reprocessed wool. It was, in September 1909, the scene of a horrific fire which caused some $50,000 in damage and injured a number of employees, one critically. By the 1950s the building was, along with the large warehouse to the immediate south, occupied by the Goldberg Building Material Company and used for storage, a function which it continues to fulfill today. This period of use is not deemed significant in the context of this nomination. The United Waste Manufacturing Company Building is being nominated at the local significance level in association with Criterion A, in the area of industry, for its direct relationship with local industrial pursuits at the turn of the twentieth century. It is additionally being nominated in association with Criterion C, in the area of architecture, as a distinguished example of castellated Romanesque architecture in the Capital District region of New York. Research has unfortunately yet to yield the names of the designer and contractors charged with the building's erection.

 

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