De Zwijger Warehouse, Amsterdam

De Zwijger (‘The Silent’) Warehouse, Amsterdam, 1933. Architects: J. de Bie Leuveling Tjeenk and K. Bakker. Courtesy of The New Institute.

Warehouses of the Past

There is just something almost magical about old warehouses and I love them. Though many have been torn down, there are warehouses in many cities that have been converted into living, dining and retail spaces that run the gamut from shabby-but-hip to funky and fabulous and even downright luxurious. That gives me a great idea for a Pinterest board, but in this post I am curating some wonderful (and historical) warehouse photographs–I wonder what has become of them?

Lady Jane Sweetmeats Warehouse, Edinburg, 1929

Lady Jane Sweetmeats Warehouse

Picturing Greig & Co. Builders. Lady Jane Sweetmeats Warehouse and Chalmers Garage. In the background the spire of a church is visible beside a telegraph pole. Edinburg, Scotland. Courtesy of The National Library of Scotland.

Warehouse at Water and Dock Streets, Brooklyn, 1936

Brooklyn Warehouse at Water and Dock Streets

Four-story brick warehouse with arched windows and doors, some of which are open, partially hiding the Yuban Coffee advertisement painted on it. Berenice Abbott– Photographer. May 22, 1936. Courtesy of New York Public Library, Photography Collection, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs.

Warehouse probably in Woolloomooloo, Sydney, 1933

Old Warehouse in Sydneytaken about 1933

This photograph was probably taken at Woolloomooloo in Sydney during the visit of the four-masted steel barque MAGDALENE VINNEN, 1933. The barque was loaded with almost 16,000 bales of wool, the fourth largest shipment to have left Sydney, before it sailed the record-breaking 82-day voyage for Falmouth, England. Photographer: Samuel J. Hood Studio Collection. Courtesy of Australian National Maritime Museum on The Commons.

Grocers Warehouse on Broome Street, Manhattan, 1935

Grocers Warehouse in Manhattan

Two row houses are dwarfed by the Grocers Warehouse Corporation building behind it, trucks in the foreground. Berenice Abbott–Photographer. October 07, 1935. Courtesy of the New York Public Library Photography Collection, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs.

Flooded warehouses in Cincinnati, ca. 1910-1915

Flooded Warehouses in Cincinnati

Flooded warehouses Elm St. looking north, Cincinnati, Ohio, ca 1910-1915. Courtesy of George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress).

Holbrook Grocery Company, Keene, New Hampshire, ca. 1900-1920

Holbrook Grocery Keene New Hampshire

Holbrook Grocery Company, wholesale grocers, in Keene NH. Located at the corner of St. James and Gilbo Avenue, which is now a parking lot. ca. 1900-1920. Courtesy of Keene Public Library and the Historical Society of Cheshire County.

The American Warehouse, Hankow, China, ca. 1910-1915

The American Warehouse China

The American Warehouse, Hankow, China ca. 1910-1915. Courtesy of George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress).

Lasetter’s Ironmongery Warehouse, Sydney, 1870

Lasetters Ironmongery Sydney

Lasetter’s Ironmongery Warehouse, George Street, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1870. Courtesy of Colonial Office photographic collection held at The National Archives.

Memphis Warehouse Company, Memphis, Tennessee, ca. 1900

Memphis Warehouse Company

Memphis Warehouse Company, ca. 1900. Courtesy of Memphis Public Library & Information Center.

Warehouses on Bedford Street, Belfast, ca. 1890

Warehouses on Bedford Street Belfast

The warehouses on Bedford Street are: Bryson House (1865) by WJ Barre, a former linen warehouse; Ulster Hall (1862) also by WJ Barre; the Workman Warehouse (c1865); Ewart’s Warehouse (1869) by James Hamilton. Belfast, Ireland, ca. 1890. Courtesy of National Library of Ireland.