Preservation Library

Historic Albany's library houses directories, grantor/grantee indexes from 1630-1894, maps, etc.  Check back for a more detailed list of our resources.

Preservation Links

89 Lexington Avenue
Albany, NY 12206
office| 518-465-0876
fax | 518-463-2704

Welcome to Historic Albany Fondations Online Preservation Library!

Our new library is a work in progress.  Check back frequently to see what we've added.  In the mean time, check out these great online resources for rehabilitation guidance.

Historic Albany Foundation Newsletters
Spring 2011 Albany Preservation Report
Resources (Alphabetical)
John Leeke's Historic Homeworks
Maine preservationist John Leeke has created a website complete with a forum that allows restorers to ask questions, post replies, seek guidance and help others. Historic Homeworks also has a series of online workshops and reports on a variety of topics including window restoration and wood repair.

City of Albany, Historic Resource Commission
                          Historic Resource Commission Ordinance
                          List of Locally Listed Historic Properties 
                          Certificate of Appropriateness Form
The city of Albany has 17 local historic districts.  To protect the places and structures that make up our architectural heritage, properties in locally listed historic districts, or individually locally listed, are subject to the Historic Resources Commission Ordinance.  This means that any work done to the exterior of a locally listed building that is visible from a public right of way needs a Certificate of Appropriateness from the Historic Resource Commission (HRC) in addition to a building permit before work commences.  Review by the HRC is also required for demolition of any designated structure and for new construction in or adjacent to historic districts.

Contact Information: Rich Nicholson
200 Henry Johnson Boulevard, Albany, NY 12210
518-434-5271
nichor@ci.albany.ny.us

City of Albany, Tax Abatement Programs
Historic Home Rehabilitation Abatement Program
Capital Improvements Abatement Program
(and many more!)

Contact Information: Keith McDonald
City Hall, 24 Eagle Street Room 302, Albany, NY 12207
518-434-5155
mcdonk@ci.albany.ny.us

National Parks Service, Preservation Briefs
                                        Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of
                                        Historic Properties
Preservation BriefsThe first Preservation Brief was published in 1975. Since then, over 40 more have been added to the series. For over 25 years, Technical Preservation Services has helped home owners, preservation professionals, organizations, and government agencies by publishing easy-to read guidance on preserving, rehabilitating and restoring historic buildings. More than 2 million copies of the Preservation Briefs are in print and the illustrated Preservation Briefs 1-43 are now available online as an integral part of our 25th anniversary celebration.

NOTE: The web versions of the Preservation Briefs differ somewhat from the printed versions. Many illustrations are new, captions are simplified, illustrations are typically in color rather than black and white, and some complex charts have been omitted.

NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation, Tax Credit Programs
                                                                                            Grants
                                                                                            Weatherization Tool Kit
Resources (by topic)
Tax Credits
NYS Rehabilitation Tax Credits for Homeowners and Commercial Properties (website with brochure, application and FAQ)
Map of eligible census tracts and historic districts

Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credit for Commercial (website with brochure, application, etc.)

Windows
Articles
Embracing Energy Efficiency
PRESERVATION: Closing the door on vinyl windows
What Replacement Windows Can't Replace

Brochures & Guides
2007 Seven to Save, Wood Windows, Preservation League of New York State
2008 Window Tip Sheet, National Trust for Historic Preservation
Historic Resource Commission Ordinance, Windows
Wood Window Repair Handbook