The Tioronda Hat Factory. Beacon, NY.

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South Avenue off Tioronda Avenue in Beacon, New York’s Byrnsville neighborhood.

The Tioronda Hat Works located where the eastern shore of the Hudson River meets Fishkill Creek has been undergoing demolition since September 2011 (or earlier). Begun in 1879, the mill, like many in the area, expanded with new construction in the following decades. The last mill to occupy the brick buildings was the Merrimac Hat Company. In 1949, Merrimac sold the property to Beacon Terminals Corporation, which used the buildings for warehousing. In 1997, real estate developer William S. Ehrlich formed a different company under the name of Beacon Terminal Associates and acquired the former Tioronda Mill and about 20 other properties in Beacon, NY, many of which have remained vacant.

Photographed August 2016.

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