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Riverside Revival

by Ann Morrow June 25, 2015


  It’s not unusual for abandoned but well-designed old structures to settle into a decayed beauty, and an appreciation for weathering and other marks of the march of time has become a design statement that embraces ...

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Mixed Blessing?

by Ann Morrow May 9, 2015


  For a place of serenity tucked away in one of Albany’s oldest and most secluded areas, Kenwood Convent has had a turbulent time this last decade. The religious complex, home to the Society of the ...

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Tiffany Treasure Trove

by Ann Morrow February 12, 2015


    Walking into St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Troy is like walking into a princely jewel box—with the box being a sumptuously wood-carved Gothic church. The “jewels” are the beautiful glass decorations, in hanging chandeliers, mosaic ...

Industrial Evolution

by Ann Morrow July 17, 2014


  The Preservation League of New York State has selected five historic industrial buildings for a collaborative Industrial Heritage Reuse program designed to breathe new life into upstate’s vacant and underutilized industrial properties. The press announcement ...

Preservation Pioneers

by Ann Morrow May 22, 2014

  In a perfect convergence of event, venue, and organizations, on Friday (May 16), Historic Albany Foundation celebrated its 40th anniversary and Merit Awards ceremony at the Barn & Stage in Arbor Hill. Part of the ...

Renovation or Mutilation?

by The Staff May 1, 2014


  As part of its conversion to a Ronald McDonald House—the third on the block--41 South Lake Ave., a gracious 1880s Albany residence facing Memorial Park, is mutating in unneighborly ways, including these elevator towers grafted ...


by Ann Morrow April 3, 2014


  The largest timber-frame structure in Albany County and the largest barn of its kind in the region, the Hilton barn in the town of New Scotland has many historic elements in addition to its exceptional ...


Tipping Point

by Shawn Stone November 27, 2013


  Kristen M. Holler, executive director of Albany Barn, Inc., loves giving tours of The Barn. The former St. Joseph’s Academy, a more than 40,000-square-foot landmark at the southwest corner of North Swan and Second streets ...



by Ann Morrow September 19, 2013


  During a reception at Historic Cherry Hill on Sunday (Sept. 15), invited guests were given tours of the 1787 mansion that highlighted the crucial restoration efforts saving the house from serious damage. Structural stabilization included ...

Historic Cherry Hill

Fit for the Bard

by Ann Morrow June 28, 2013


  Shakespeare would’ve loved these houses. The Elizabethan playwright with a flair for the fantastical would undoubtedly have recognized their style as from his own time, but also, it’s easy to imagine, he would’ve been charmed ...

Haunted Grandeur

by Jo Page May 1, 2013


  I don’t know where I found the 100abandonedhouses.com website, but I know that once I started looking at the images of once-elegant and capacious derelict houses in Detroit, I was deeply intrigued. Kevin Bauman’s emotive ...

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Religious Conversion

by Ann Morrow August 30, 2012

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St. Bridget’s church in Watervliet has two towering stained-glass windows on either side of the sanctuary. These beautiful portraits of the church’s namesake saint and the holy mother gaze serenely toward the sanctuary, as though ...

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Is Nothing Sacred?

by Ann Morrow April 26, 2012


  It was picture perfect: A young family enjoying the balmy spring weather with an evening stroll. Heading down the sidewalk of 19th Street in Watervliet, Eric Fagan, Jill Fagan, and their daughter Amber walked toward ...


Rehabbing the Neighborhood

by Darryl McGrath January 26, 2012


The first thing you notice inside 95 Trinity Place is the light. An abundance of natural light flooding into a late-18th-century factory building is a suprise, considering that the first people who worked here had been ...


by The Staff December 1, 2011


There may not be any more startling change over the last 25 years in the Capital Region than the extensive suburban development in Rensselaer County. There’s been a fair amount of tension and conflict over ...

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Cooking Up Community

by Amy Halloran September 22, 2011


Like “a rock band of chefs”—that’s how Martin Ping, director of Hawthorne Valley Farm, described the Chef’s Consortium when the group recently did a gig there. Yes, these chefs gig just like bands, and they ...

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