Below is a comprehensive list of resources for budding preservationists, homeowners, & history-lovers …from tax information to our very own technical library, there’s a wealth of information at your fingertips!
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Affordable Housing Partnership
The Affordable Housing Partnership is a non-profit resource for homebuyers and homeowners in the Capital Region. Their programs include homebuyer education, savings and down payment programs, and partnerships with community development.
Albany Institute of History & Art
The Albany Institute has a dedicated special-collections Library with over a million Albany-related items to comb through - including maps, photographs, posters & more. Check their website for opening times.
Contact: Douglas McCombs, firstname.lastname@example.org / Diane Shewchuk, email@example.com
Albany Public Library
The Local History Room at the Washington Ave branch of the Albany Public Library holds a large collection of books, newspapers, and photographs detailing the history of the city. Some the collection is available online. Check the website for opening times.
Contact: (518)-427-4376 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
City of Albany
The city of Albany has 17 local historic districts. To protect the 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 any work done to the exterior of a locally listed building 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.
HAF’s Preservation & Technical Library
Historic Albany Foundation houses the Preservation Resource Center (a technical and research library) at 89 Lexington Avenue. It holds copies of the Grantor/Grantee Indices from 1630-1894, a collection of City Directories from 1866 to 1989, & copies of historic maps of Albany from 1768, 1850, 1857 and 1876. Additionally, we have property files on thousands of buildings in Albany. Our technical library offers books and magazines on different architectural styles to help historic property owners craft their restoration projects. Additionally we have brochures and booklets on technical topics as well as the Preservation Briefs issued by the National Parks Service .
Using the library is free - call us to make an appointment on 518-465-0876
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.
Local Historical societies & Foundations
National Trust for Historic Preservation
National Parks Service
The first Preservation Brief was published in 1975. Since then, over 40 more have been added to the series. They provide 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.
For a full list of National Resources, click here
Hudson Park Neighborhood Association
Oldest Building Survey
The Oldest Building Survey is an inventory of the oldest buildings in the city of Albany. It provides basic information, including the date of construction & the listing status. Click here to access it.
We have 2 Albany-related publications on offer at our office: Albany Architecture: A Guide to the City, & Architects in Albany. Click here for more details.
Ideas, advice and community for old-house enthusiasts. A well researched collection of how-to stories and product information.
The original consumer restoration and renovation magazine.
America's favorite Home Renovation Show online content.
Traditional Building Magazine
Product and supplier information for restoration projects of all types.
Secretary of the Interior's Standards
‘The Treatment of Historic Properties’
These are straight-forward guidelines which provide information about “maintaining, repairing, and replacing historic materials, as well as designing new additions or making alterations”. Not highly technical in language, they are a great starting point for any project involving a historic building.
The standards are broken down into four categories, preservation (maintenance and general repairs), rehabilitation, restoration, or reconstruction. Click here for more details.
For a full list of NY State links by area and in general (including NYC, Hudson, & Western NY) click here.