A Brief History of the Mount Ida Neighborhood - Transition

Dowd leased the bottom floor to James P. Howard for his plumbing establishment.  Frederick Brouillard, a blacksmith, owned the building at 340 Congress, lived on one of the upper floors, and rented the other flat to Daniel Borst, his co-worker at the Griswold Brothers Wire Works.  Brouillard leased the bottom floor to the Sibley Brothers for their grocery.  This arrangement was typical for most of the three-unit buildings until very recently.

[Figure 26]  The old Marshall Foundry at the northwest corner of Congress and Fifteenth Streets is a good example of how a smaller factory, even one as specialized as a foundry, could be adapted in ways that a very large plant could not.  Charles H. Kellogg constructed the brick edifice in 1850 to make castings for sections of his currycombs.  When William P. Kellogg consolidated his works on the south side of Congress Street in 1880 the building was sold to E. Hislop. 

Hislop used the building to produce small moulds and castings, and his widow successfully guided the company’s fortunes for a number of years. The works adjusted to the changing needs of the transportation industry, and were able to remain a flourishing business on the same site until 1910.  The fate of the Troy Malleable Iron Works buildings adjacent to the Hislop foundry stands in stark opposition to this successful transition.  These works were a sprawling complex of buildings that were highly specialized to each phase of the design of railroad components.  There was no demand for the unruly maze of rolling mills and unwieldy forges when the company moved out with the collapse of the railroad boom in the mid-1890s, and the works were soon razed to make way for residential development.

[Figure 27] Upper Congress Street was also aided by the creation of Prospect Park, a project that turned over to city residents a major tract of land that had been more or less off limits.  In 1902, the City of Troy acquired the Warren Estate on Mount Ida for $110,000 and announced plans to convert it into a public park. 



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