Currently known as the Lost Dog Café, the Hull-Grummond Building was built in 1886, expanded in 1906, and was home to one of the leading cigar producers in the country.
The building at the corner of Water and Henry streets in
Binghamton was originally home to the Hull-Grummond Cigar Company, one of the
leading cigar producers in the country.
A close look at the building today shows two buildings side
by side. The building on the left is the original 1886 factory. 20 years later
the company was producing 100,000 cigars daily and more space was needed. In 1906 another building went up adjoining the
original structure. With the new building, designed by architect T.I. Lacey
“especially for the purpose of a cigar factory”, Hull doubled both his work
force and cigar production. At its peak, the company was one of the largest
employers in the city.
Following World War I, popularity of cigars declined. By 1920 large
areas of the factory were idle and space was leased to other manufacturers.
The building would later serve as a shoe company, an auto parts store, an
electrical supply company, and house a variety of other businesses. Today
modern offices fill the second and third floors, the vacant fourth floor with
exposed brick walls, rafters and wood floors remains virtually unaltered, and
since 1997, the first floor has been home to one of Binghamton’s most popular
restaurants, the Lost Dog Café.
It is interesting to note that John Hull’s uncle, George
Hull, gained fame in 1868 for creating one of the greatest hoaxes in American
history… the Cardiff Giant.