Albany has a rich collection of historic buildings. Historic Albany Foundation is proud to celebrate this heritage through our Historic Building Plaque program. Share the history of your home or building by purchasing a custom-made plaque and/or biography of your building. Your historic building need not be an officially designated landmark or within an historic district to participate in the historic building plaque program.
Historic Albany Foundation date plaques and building biographies may be purchased for buildings within the city of Albany that retain their original character, are in a good state of preservation, and contribute to the historical or architectural nature of their neighborhood. Eligibility is based on the Secretary of the Interior's standards for rehabilitation. Historic property owners can chose between three options, purchasing just the traditional oval date plaque, the plaque AND a 1-2 page biography of the building, or just the building's biography.
The 7 x 10" oval plaques can be ordered in bronze or aluminum with the date of construction and first owner or occupant. The architect or builder is included whenever possible. To produce each plaque, the property is researched using using tax records, deeds, historic maps, and building permits. Property owners are sent a draft of the plaque artwork and must approve the artwork prior to casting. Plaques cannot be shipped and must be picked up from Historic Albany's office at 89 Lexington Avenue in Albany. Building biographies provide a much more in depth view of you property's history, telling the story of your building: who owned it, what they did and how it grew with its owners. To do this, our researchers spend months combing through tax assessment records, deeds, water rents, historic maps, city directories, building permits, and other invaluable resources at repositories in Albany. This research cannot be conducted online with the click of a button, but requires using the original hard copy documents and manuscripts. All research is conducted at the Albany County Hall of Records and Albany Public Library.
Plaque (aluminum or bronze only): $300 HAF members/ $325 non members (9-12 months processing time)
Plaque (aluminum or bronze only) & Building Biography: $500 HAF members/ $525 non-members. (12-18 months processing time)
Building Biography Only: $300 HAF members/ $325 non members. (12-16 month processing time)
**Due to overwhelming popularity, please allow a 6-9 month lead time for research to begin in addition to the specified processing time. We cannot process rush orders.**