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.
The advocacy work that Historic Albany does focuses on keeping our built environment, the streetscapes, communities and architecture that tells Albany’s 400+ history alive and standing. We work to create new National Register listed historic districts to increase eligibility for the New York State and Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credits, and facilitate the rehabilitation of Albany’s vacant historic buildings both big and small. Click here to view some of our recent advocacy efforts.
To raise public awareness for some of Albany’s most iconic and yet endangered buildings, Historic Albany issues an Endangered Historic Resources List every five years. which guides the organization’s advocacy efforts for some of Albany’s most iconic, and yet vacant, buildings. Click here to view the most recent complete Endangered Historic Resource list.
Historic Albany also champions ‘best practice's’ and celebrates excellence in preservation through our Preservation Merit Awards. Click here to view our Preservation Merit Award page.
Historic Albany prides itself on a full calendar of education programs to tickle everyone’s fancy from walking tours of Capitol Hill to pub lectures on Albany’s early architecture to DIY workshops highlighting salvaged treasures from the Architectural Parts Warehouse. Though the topics changes seasonally, Historic Albany’s annual calendar of programs include:
Walkabout Wednesday Walking Tour Series (Third Wednesday May-September at 5:30) features a historic neighborhood or corridor. Past Walkabouts include Center Square, Mansion, Ten Broeck Triangle neighborhoods, Capitol Hill, the Warehouse District, Delaware Avenue, Manning Boulevard, the Spanish Style homes of Winchester Gables and Rosemont Street, Washington Avenue, the Holland Avenue Tudors, and much more.
Throwback Thursday Walking Tour Series (July & August) feature very popular and often sold out tours from the previous year for those who missed them.
House & Garden Tour (Third Thursday in June) is a self guided walking tour of 10-15 historic homes and their gardens, this program is done in conjunction with the Center Square Association.
Holiday House Tour (Second Sunday of December) is a self guided walking tour of 10-15 historic homes decked out for the holidays.
Members ONLY Tours give our members a chance to explore some of Albany’s finest buildings that are not often open to the public.
Lectures are offered on architectural history, Albany history, iconic buildings, Albany architects and builders, current preservation projects in the Capital Region and more at a variety of historic locations and watering holes throughout the city.
Crafty DIY workshops on reusing architectural salvage.
Click here to view our current calendar of events.
Historic Albany is also a partner in the traditional trades workforce development program with Hudson Valley Community College and the New York State Historic Preservation Office. the program currently offers courses in window restoration, preservation carpentry, and masonry treatment and repair. Additional offerings are being added each year. Click here for more about the program.
Property 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.
Historic 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.
Technical 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.
In 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 moldings to stained glass, all at affordable prices. Contact the Warehouse Manager for information at 518-465-2987 or click here to learn more about the Parts Warehouse.