Built in 1903, the Kilmer Building was the manufacturing facility for “Dr. Kilmer’s Swamp-Root,” a patented mixture of herbs, oils and grain alcohol marketed as a kidney, liver and bladder cure.
As reported in 1917: When you step off the railroad
train, the Swamp-Root laboratory is the first striking object that confronts
you - a beautiful, white, high-towering building. In many respects this
building stands unique. The main office is wholly unlike anything of the kind
in the country. The massive columnns of solid marble and beautiful hand-carved
molding, cornices and ceiling, and the marble mosaic floor, is of a type that
Built in 1903 as the manufacturing facility for Dr.
Kilmer's Swamp-Root, the six-floor fireproof building was
Binghamton’s first skyscraper. Swamp-Root, a patented mixture of natural herbs,
oils and grain alcohol, was marketed as a kidney, liver and bladder cure. It
was concocted by Sylvester Andral Kilmer, a medical doctor who moved to
Binghamton in 1879. Andral and his brother Jonas formed a medicine business to
produce and sell the product.
In 1892 Jonas' son
Willis Sharpe Kilmer took over the firm's advertising department and transformed
the small company into a multi-million dollar enterprise. Within a few
years the company was shipping several rail-car loads of Swamp-Root out of
Binghamton each day, to destinations as far away as Europe, South America, and
Following Willis' death the Kilmer Building changed
ownership. It was ultimately acquired by the Lander Company and used
for manufacturing and bottling perfumes. The Lander company eventually moved and the building sat vacant for nearly two decades.
In 2004 the building was purchased and renovated.
Today it is occupied by several businesses, including The Goldsmith jewelry
store, and Remlik’s Grille & Oyster Bar.