Welcome to Historic Albany Foundation's Online Preservation Library!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”