architectural parts warehouse
Historic Albany Foundation has three major preservation programs - preservation advocacy, education, and technical assistance.
Through these programs, Historic Albany Foundation has worked to
rehabilitate and preserve Albany's built environment. Straddling these
three programs, Historic Albany Foundation developed a Vacant Buildings Initiative and founded the Solutions to Vacant Buildings Committee.
Albany Foundation continues to be an unwavering champion of 'best
practices' in preserving historical structures and of protecting
endangered buildings within our community.
- Historic Albany Foundation created a list of Albany's Endangered Historic Resources.
Most recently released in December, 2005, this list dictates a great
deal of our advocacy initiatives. Historic Albany Foundation
works with preservation and community partners to find reuse and
rehabilitation opportunities for these and other endangered resources.
Successes include the stabilization of buildings in Center Square,
Hudson/Park and The Pastures, the Hinckel Brewery (now apartment
housing), 96 Madison Avenue (a former governor's mansion), as well as
facade improvements on Lark, State, and North Pearl Streets.
2000, Historic Albany Foundation stopped the demolition of the facade
at 41 Ten Broeck Street in Albany's Arbor Hill neighborhood, taking
title to the property and stabilizing the remaining 3 stories of
the 157-year-old facade. Unfortunately, the structure behind the
facade was demolished, but Historic Albany is searching for a buyer to
restore the building and return it as a functioning part of the vibrant
Ten Broeck Triangle district.
Historic Albany Foundation's Preservation Workshops focus on preservation techniques and architectural history, while its Preservation Library
provides information on regional history, historic building
restoration, and architectural styles. For our schedule of
workshops and lectures, see our calendar page.
- Historic house and garden tours provide opportunities to view restored homes of historic and architectural significance.
Historic Albany Foundation's Building Plaque Program identifies
historic buildings and recognizes homeowners for their preservation
- Historic Albany Foundation staff can assist property owners who wish to research the history of their building.
Lectures and special events sponsored by Historic Albany Foundation
showcase Albany's heritage. Publications affiliated with these
events provide an opportunity to learn about different aspects of
Albany's architectural history.
owners interested in restoring or rehabilitating residential or
commercial buildings can receive such technical assistance as how to
stabilize a structure or which paint color to select that is both
historically significant and harmonious with the existing streetscape.
As an information clearinghouse, Historic Albany Foundation has the
knowledge and experience to recommend reputable craftsmen for
specialized work as well as information on exterior restoration such as
railings, windows, and doors.
- Historic Albany
Foundation holds regular workshops, from hands-on window repair to
informative sessions on architectural styles and old house ailments.
Albany Foundation can assist property owners in obtaining grants for
restorative work and provides information on local, state, and federal
grants for preservation and restoration of local historic structures.
Services staff can conduct home site visits on appointment, to provide
an assessment of the property and offer technical advice on best
practices for preserving historic buildings.
cases where there is no alternative to demolition, Historic Albany
Foundation salvages reusable building parts that would otherwise be
lost. The Architectural Parts Warehouse, located at 89 Lexington
Avenue, is the oldest continuously operating not-for-profit
architectural salvage business in the country, with 10,000 square feet
filled with everything from bath tubs to door knobs, mantles and
mouldings to stained glass, all at affordable prices. Contact Dan
Pardee, Warehouse Manager, for information at 518-465-2987.