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Bolton Ending?

by Ann Morrow on October 9, 2013 · 2 comments


An amendment to Albany Medical Center’s Park South revitalization project will move a planned parking garage a block further uptown—and require the demolition of Bolton Hall, the parti-colored-brick building at the corner of Myrtle Avenue and Robin Street. Slated for preservation in AMC’s original proposal, the 1914 hall is a distinctive architectural feature of the streetscape, with a rich social history. It served as a residence for nurses—it’s named for nursing-education pioneer Frances Payne Bolton–including nurses trained by Albany Hospital for service in the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corp during World War II. In recent years, AMC has used it as a state-funded center for child-abuse intervention. Bolton Hall’s future depends on whether the amendment to enlarge and relocate the garage is modified or approved.


Kimberly Alvarez October 10, 2013 at 4:55 pm

Thanks for drawing attention to this Anne. In the original Park South plan,some of the parking for the area was intended to be below grade. Albany Med could still SAVE this apartment building by reducing the footprint of its proposed 6-story parking structure and going below grade for several levels of parking. This building was found eligible for listing on the National Register of historic places and should be REHABBED! It would also be eligible for state and Federal rehabilitation tax credits as an incentive for its preservation. AMC is being short-sighted and choosing the easy way out, but the results will be characterless and will obliterate significant history associated with its institution and the Park South community.

A mouse October 10, 2013 at 5:06 pm

There’s a considerAble amount of eart moved in from of the building. Have the utilities been shut off so AMC can claim need? Seems demo by neglect to me.