Burrough Brothers Manufacturing Company (Candler Building)
700-720 East Pratt Street, Baltimore
8x10 inch print
Julius Anderson Photograph Collection
Baltimore City Life Museum Collection
I’ve had my eye on the unprocessed Julius Anderson Photograph Collection for quite a while. It contains a few hundred photos of Baltimore monuments, theatres (both standing and since demolished), dance halls, markets, etc. Today my photography collection processing dreams came true. I’ll be sure to add a link to the final inventory list when it’s complete.
UPDATE: Francis provided the following information via the Passano Historic Structures Index at the Maryland Historical Society:
[In 1908] Asa G. Candler (1851-1929), the owner of the Coca-Cola Company, decided this was the ideal location for the Baltimore offices and plant of his Atlanta-based firm. He first purchased and demolished the buildings that stood at 710-720 E. Pratt St., replacing them with an eight-story “Coca-Cola Building” that stretched about two-thirds of the way north from Pratt Street along the west side of Concord Street.
By 1913 this had proven such a magnet for tenants that Mr. Candler purchased the remainder of the property in the block bounded by Concord, Pratt and Lombard Streets and Market Space and covered it with a twelve-story annex to make the entire block the “Coca-Cola Building” by 1915.
Mr. Candler bequeathed the building to the trustees of Atlanta’s Emory University, of which he was a major benefactor, but the onset of the Depression drove many of its tenants away. Almost half of the building was “available” in 1936 when the Federal government came shopping for space for the regional headquarters of its new Social Security Administration. Social Security moved in on a year-to-year lease and stayed in what Emory had re-named the “Candler Building” until moving to its quarters in 1959.