Albany, NY 12206
St. Joe's Fact Sheet
Notes from community meeting with Ravens Head Brewing Co. 6/5/12
Since its dedication in 1860, St. Joseph's Church, designed by noted
American architect Patrick Keely, has graced the downtown Albany
skyline. In 1995 the church held its last service and was
a private owner, eventually becoming the property of the City of
Albany. By the end of that transitional decade, the church
building had deteriorated considerably and faced demolition.
building as beautiful as this Albany landmark deserved to
survive. In June 2003 the City transferred ownership of the
church to Historic Albany Foundation. The Foundation
rose to the occasion to spearhead an effort to save St.
Under the leadership of Matthew Bender IV, Chair of the St. Joseph's
Re-use Committee, Historic Albany Foundation hosted a series of public
meetings to get community input on St. Joseph's future. The
concerned citizens who attended those meetings overwhelmingly
recommended that the building serve as a community resource.
here to check out a historic ad for slate roofing proclaiming St.
Joseph's to be the most 'complete slate roof in the United States'.
Historic Albany Foundation is actively working to preserve and adapt
the building for ongoing use. One of the four colossal
pillars holding up the roof was in imminent danger of collapse and has
been rebuilt. Roof patching has made the building
order to prevent further destruction from leaks. Once the
of further water damage is contained, the beautiful German-style stained
glass windows will be restored.
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic
Preservation awarded a $300,000 challenge grant to Historic
Albany Foundation, so that we could continue with the critical
stabilization work. Historic Albany Foundation needs your
raise $300,000 to match the state grant and receive those funds.
What You Can do to Help
Help us by spreading the word to friends and family that St. Joe's
needs their support and help to find a reuse. Ask people to send donations. Send a gift
yourself. Gifts of any size will make a difference and will
make this project a success. We greatly appreciate your
contribution to this community-wide effort.