At the start of the twentieth century, Findorff continued to grow and shape Madison. Unfortunately, Findorff also suffered from a disaster. In May 1909, an intense fire swept through Findorff’s planing mill and everything was lost, including the nearly completed millwork for the Capitol’s east wing and heating plant.
Findorff proved it could stand the test of time and literally emerged from the ashes. According to the period publication, Madison Democrat, “Ambition, courage, hope, and determination have not gone up in smoke…The Findorff spirit, which has accomplished much, is not gone.” With the support of Madison’s people and new opportunities on the horizon, Findorff constructed a new two-story planing mill and office to carry out its ongoing contracts.