Hi everyone! The City of Albany Heritage Area Visitor Center has begun to give free tours of downtown Albany the first Saturday of every month, May through October. My sweet husband and I took part in the very first tour of this kind (since the 1980s) on May 1st.
Our tour guide, a delightful adjunct professor at St. Rose College, named Hank, gave a terrific tour of our fair city, which dates back to well before the pilgrims (1609) and has a colorful history rooted in Dutch beginnings. Much of the area is part of a National Historic District. The tours begin at the Visitor Center on Broadway, next door to the Olde English Pub (formerly the Quakenbush House).
Turn right off of Pearl St. onto Steuben St. and you find the YMCA building, built in 1886 in the Romanesque Revival style. Now home to the Steuben Club (once men only), it contains one of the first indoor swimming pools in the country and was the site of the first game of basketball outside Springfield College, the sport’s birthplace.
I cannot remember the details about this building located on State Street near St. Peter’s, but I love the turrets.
Built in 1904 and designed by famous architect, Marcus T. Reynolds for the First Trust Company, this fascinating, triangular building on the corner of State and Broadway, is now home to the Research Foundation of State University of New York (SUNY).
Also designed by Marcus T. Reynolds in the Gothic style after the Cloth Tower in Belgium, the D & H Railroad headquarters was purchased by SUNY in 1973 as its first permanent home.
Call the Albany Visitor Center for more info
A fun website of Albany “stories”
State Street Stories
Bye for now,
Linking up with these great parties:
Something to Talk About
Elizabeth & Co.
Teach Me Tuesday
Vintage Inspiration Party
Savvy Southern Style
Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson
A Delightsome Life
Thursday Favorite Things
Treasure Hunt Thursday
Your Turn to Shine
Share Your Style
The Cottage Market
Share It One More Time