Preservation Resource Center
Historic Albany Foundation houses the Preservation Resource Center, a technical and research library, at 89 Lexington Avenue.  The Preservation Resource Center is open Monday-Friday from 9am to 5pm, but we do recommend calling ahead or making an appointment. 

Research Library
Historic Albany’s Preservation Resource Center houses copies of the Grantor/Grantee Indices from 1630-1894, a collection of City Directories from 1866 to 1989 (incomplete), copies of historic maps of Albany from 1768, 1850, 1857 and 1876.  Historic Albany also has property files on thousands of buildings in Albany with a range of content in each file. 

Technical Library
The technical library contains books and magazines on different architectural styles, ornament, and color to help historic property owners craft their restoration and rehabilitation projects.  We also have brochures and booklets on technical topics such as window repair, siding, lead, energy efficiency, weatherization, etc. as well as the Preservation Briefs issued by the National Parks Service. 

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: Erin Glennon
Planning & Development
200 Henry Johnson Blvd  
First Floor  |  Suite #3
Albany, NY 12210
Phone: (518) 434-5271
Fax: (518) 434-5294

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

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
                                                                                                Weatherization Tool Kit

Tax Credits

Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credits

A 20% income tax credit is available for the rehabilitation of historic, income-producing buildings that are determined by the Secretary of the Interior, through the National Park Service, to be “certified historic structures.” 


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