Historic home/garden tours in June

Two historic home/garden tours this month that could be worth checking out:

GE Realty Plot
The GE Realty Plot House and Garden Tour in Schenectady returns this year June 22 and 23 for the first time since 2009. Tour blurbage:

This year's tour includes five elegant homes, Union College's Abbe Hall, (a historic preservation award winner), the First Unitarian Society, and lovely gardens -- all nestled in a park like setting. Be the first to get a behind the scenes look at the home used in the new movie The Place Beyond the Pines with Bradley Cooper and Ryan Gosling.

The plot is just east of the Union College campus. General Electric bought it at the end of the 1800s and it was subdivided as a neighborhood for company executives. The design of the neighborhood was inspired by New York's Central Park.

The June 22 tour is at 11 am, the June 23 at noon. Tickets are $25.

Executive Mansion
The state offers tours of the Executive Mansion September through June, so this is the last chance for a few months. Tours are on Thursdays, and must be scheduled two weeks in advance. The mansion's indoor pool, once used by FDR, is back on the tour after some repairs. [TU]

Hidden City House & Garden Tour
The Historic Albany Foundation's Hidden City House & Garden Tour is June 27 in the Center Square and Hudson/Park neighborhoods, from 5-8 pm. The tour highlights "10-15 historic buildings and their gardens."

Tickets are $15 ahead of June 20, $20 after.

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