Malthouse demolished

John Christensen
A large warehouse on Seneca Street in Penn Yan was demolished earlier this week.

The derelict warehouse on Seneca Street between Birkett Mills and Carey’s Farm and Home Center was razed this past weekend.

According to Chuck Mitchell of the Oliver House Museum, it was originally built as a malt house circa 1840, and was bought by the Hammondsport Vintage Winery in the 1880s, and then by a distributor of Pernod Anise, a French liqueur, in the early 20th century. The building had its gambrel roof lowered in the 1970s by an Elmira tire distributor, and it quickly declined from that point.

The wall facing Birkett Mills partially collapsed at one point and was never properly rebuilt. Jeff Gifford of Birkett Mills said that it hadn’t been in use in the 30 years he has been here.

They bought the property approximately 20 years ago. He said, “It was a hazard and an eyesore. We do our best to maintain our properties and make them look good, and that obviously didn’t.” There is no immediate plan for the now vacant land.