Calco was founded in 1915 as a manufacturer of “coal-tar intermediates required to make synthetic dyestuffs.” I have no idea what that means, but it sounds nasty. In any case, Calco was acquired by the American Cyanamid Company in 1929 (you can see that designation underneath the main sign). Astute readers will recognize that name from one of my lovely Thanksgiving advertisements.
I don’t know exactly when this facility was closed for good, but according to my research it had been completely demolished by 2002 at the latest.
- Vintage Photo Wednesday, Vol. 23: Going to the Garment Factory, 1936 (grayflannelsuit.net)
- Vintage Photo Wednesday, Vol. 22: Hudson Tunnel Station Newsies, 1909 (grayflannelsuit.net)
- Vintage Photo Wednesday, Vol. 24: Holland Tunnel Opening, 1927 (grayflannelsuit.net)