The intersection of 2nd and Madison Streets remains intact, for the time being, with a wealth of beautiful buildings, many of which have been built since the 1909 Sanborn Map below.
The Engine Company No. 28 was already there, and has been restored nicely, looking much the same as when I photographed it over a decade ago in May of 2008.
The other warehouses have not changed much in that time, either, which I suppose is better than going downhill. I do not think much development will be coming up this way any time soon.
The building above, according to city records, was built in 1916, which would make sense with the development of warehouses along the north riverfront as the McKinley and Merchants bridges were built.
The building above, according to the Sanborn Map, was the Columbia Can Company in 1909. These warehouses and old factories are massive, and while certainly possessing versatile open floorplans, would require a major tenant to justify needing such a large building.
This massive complex, further up 2nd Street and with an official address on North Broadway, hosted John Deere, the B. Harris Wool Company, and the Endicott Johnson Company back in the 1920s and 30s.
Update: The building below has been demolished as of the summer of 2019.
Further west on Madison Street, this building has already collapsed.
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