Construction Watch at 274 Washington Street

274 Washington St Newburgh

Has anyone else noticed the developments of this building located at the corner of Washington and Mill Street? This is one building I definitely thought would be demolished. The east side of the building had a crack from foundation to roof which made the building look like it was breaking in 2. Just last week though, I spotted this construction work happening.

One of the great things about Newburgh is that it is an actual city. Broadway, Liberty Street, and the waterfront are not the only commercial thoroughfares. In 1895 this building and its owner were mentioned:

THOMAS LITTLETON formerly one of the Almshouse Commissioners owns a good business location at No 274 Washington Street Newburgh and enjoys a large retail trade in staple and fancy groceries and liquors…In 1862 he went to New York and served as coachman for Mrs Lawrence on Fifth Avenue remaining there for two years after which he ran as conductor on the old horse car line for three years. Returning to Newburgh he started in business for himself and conducted a store in New Windsor for two years. In 1870 he opened an establishment in the building which he owns at the corner of Mill and Washington Streets.

We know the building, most likely dates back to circa 1870. Hopefully one day it can enjoy the large retail trade it did under Mr. Littleton.

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