Today’s Throwback Thursday is a Throw(way)back Thursday! We’re going to delve a little bit into the history of our building.
The current building standing at 200 Broadway was built in 1893, constructed from the shell of the original mid-19th century building that was destroyed in a fire earlier in 1893. The property was then owned by Lysander Kemp, owner of Lysander Kemp & Sons soap manufacturers. Our building is the only remaining known structure in Cambridge associated with soap manufacturing – formerly one of our city’s largest industries!
The property was owned by the Kemp family until 1942, when it was sold. After that, the building was occupied by such businesses as a dog food manufacturer, the Cambridge Printing Company, a bronze foundry, and the Harbor Textile Waste Company – which then led us here, to The Garment District!
Pictured above is an advertisement placed by Lysander Kemp & Sons in the 1914 Cambridge Directory – a full 100 years ago! Behind, you can see what the building looks like now. We’re incredibly lucky to have our store in a building so rich with history!