Look at that. Taylor's Brewery from around 1900. Craig posted it up on Facebook the other day and I immediately thought... too bad that bridge is in the way. So, I pulled out the fire insurance map from a few years yearlier and thought some cross referencing of the image would help clarify things. Click on the image for a larger version.
Why is this important? Well, is anything important in this mortal coil? OK, why is this sorta neat? You will recall that Taylor is the biggest brewer in Albany, in New York State and maybe in America. Maybe even in all the Americas. But not in around 1900 when the photo is taken. By this point, the firm is well in its decline. Half a century earlier, the property looked like it does in this ad, Click on that. The guts of the 1850s-60s structures are still there in the photo but much has changed. The small harbour between the buildings has been filled in as the world shifted from sail to rail. Taylor actually no longer runs it's business from the river side of the building to the left. I believe the Taylors themselves are no longer running the business by that point - though I stand to be corrected. Also, the gables are added to that building to the left and it is widened to the north covering over some of the area which once was the harbor. Or it is a new building. Or the old one expanded. Not sure that its an entirely new building as the grain elevator, that thing built out towards the river on stilts, is in the same place. The windows of that building to the left are the same size, spaced the same and in the same number... if you accept that the building widens through to the north. Maybe. The creek lives on still. It would have emptied into the small harbour mid-century.
Anyway, just some thoughts on built brewing heritage. For more thoughts, you might want to come out to some of next week's book tour events. Did I mention there is a book? Craig is doing the lion's share of book promotion but I will be in the area on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
LATER: Craig the rectifier sent me this updated image below with the further comments below the below. I need to absorb this all...
So sayeth Craig:
"I think you're thinking the gabled building in the 1900 photo is the building to the left in the 1850s ad. It's not. The left building in the 1850s ad (the taller of the two, with the TAYLOR BREWERY sign across the roofline and the grain elevator) is the second building in the 1900 photo (the one that says TAYLOR'S PORTER & ALES vertically). The vacant lot (the former harbor) is to the right of that, but to the left of where the bridge meets the shore. The building in the 1850s ad, which reads CREAM ALE (apparently a malt house) is not shown in the 1900s photo. It's a little confusing because of the bridge. What you have labeled as "six story building" and "North facing Taylor ad on side of building," are the same, long building—the one with the TAYLOR BREWERY sign across the roofline and the grain elevator in the 1850s ad. The creek outlet between the gabled building and the building reading TAYLOR'S PORTER & ALES in the 1900 photo is the creek outlet to the left of the building on the 1850s ad that reads TAYLOR BREWERY.