Elm Street

upper Elm Street row houses Albany

Walking down upper Elm Street in Albany this week we took a moment to admire the excellent stretch of Italianate row houses that starts at Swan and runs up the west side. It's the same stretch that Bill Leue honored in LEGO form a few years ago.

Here are few more photos in large format.

The whole street is full of handsome homes with beautiful details. There's also another great stretch of row houses on lower Elm that's worth a gawk.


it's a shame some are boarded up though. i always wonder what the story is there.

I live not too far from here and love using this street to get from the Plaza to the supermarket or home.

As for the few that are boarded up; as far as I can tell it's the usual story. Some are damaged by neglect or fires, some are in foreclosure.

@kobe: It is frustrating to see the spots of decay among so many beautiful, well-maintained homes. I had a wry smile at the message spray painted on one of the boarded up houses.

@Paula: There's something cool about the way the street transports you from near the State Museum up to Delaware Ave, almost like it compresses the distance. You walk from one end to the other and it's like, "How did I get here so quickly."

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