The Himmel Brothers Co. specialized in the manufacture of steel store fronts. Late on Wednesday evening, May 8, 1946, Hamden firefighters responded to a structure fire at the company's classic Art Deco building at 1409 Dixwell Avenue. The incident went to two alarms. According to the article below, the fire got started in the drafting room and was confined to the office area of the building. Engines 1, 2 and 3, the ladder truck and rescue squad responded.
One of the most striking features of this building, completed in 1938, were two massive stainless steel front doors.
New Haven Evening Register, Thursday, May 9, 1946
Himmel Brothers Building - May 1946 and May 2016
According to their 1946 catalog, "for over 30 years Himmel Brothers Co. have specialized entirely in the development and manufacture of store front constructions."
Himmel Brothers eventually merged with H.A. Leeds on Leeder Hill Drive. The original Dixwell Avenue building has deteriorated since it was vacated over ten years ago. It is now boarded up and has no roof. Sad.
Today the Himmel building is still roofless, as seen in this 2016 photo. Sky can been seen above the plywood that now covers the opening where two massive stainless steel double doors once hung. The steel doors can be seen in the photo below, courtesy of the Hamden Historical Society.
Revised 5/6/2021 from a website article originally posted 5/8/2016
Photo courtesy of the Hamden Historical Society - CLICK TO ENLARGE
Baldwin's River Side Saloon was approximately on this spot at the turn of the 20th century. Note the unmolested head of the Sleeping Giant in the days before quarrying began (the quarrying ended in the early-1930s).