In 1905, the company, then owned by Malcolm and Arthur Gifford, the grandsons of Elihu, and known as Gifford Brothers, merged with William T. Wood & Company of Arlington, Massachusetts, to form the Gifford-Wood Company. Six years later, Gifford-Wood moved to a new building on the south side of town, in an area then known as Second Hill, and the remarkable semi-circular building was put to different uses. Soon after Gifford-Wood moved out, the ground floor became the showroom for William Petry's automobile business.
I learned not long ago that the last occupant of the building was Pitcher Accessories, which sold automotive supplies. These photographs, by Howard Gibson, discovered in the Photo by Gibson collection, reveal that it was the location of Pitcher Accessories at least as early as the 1940s. The building appears in the background of each of these pictures of a firefighters' parade that took place in Hudson in 1945.
Regrettably, the building, then 155 years old, was destroyed in a spectacular fire on November 20, 1969. The next day, this account of the conflagration appeared in the Albany Times-Union.
Today, of course, the Speedway gas station occupies the site where this extraordinary building once stood.
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