Touring possibilities in the Mansion District

Update: The tour has been rescheduled to September 19 because of weather.

The Historic Albany Foundation has organized a vacant building tour for Albany's Mansion Historic District this Thursday evening (September 12). Tour blurbage:

In its earliest days of settlement, the Mansion Historic District was known as Albany's first suburban enclave, as an area where the affluent built large homes and surrounded them with gardens and landscaping.
Despite all of the rapid development and inimitable building stock in this neighborhood, some buildings still suffer from neglect and disinvestment. This tour will showcase properties that need special attention, and bring further awareness to our city's problem of vacant and abandoned properties. The neglected buildings in this neighborhood present an opportunity for individuals to reinvest in one of Albany's most architecturally significant neighborhoods.

The tour guides will be Shadi Khadivi, HAF's preservation services coordinator, and Michael Guidice, an HAF board member and resident of the neighborhood.

The tour starts at the Grand Street Community Arts (68 Grand St.) at 5:30 pm. It's $10 (reservations appreciated).

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We hope that Albany residents can see the value and the potential in properties that we'll be visiting. Keep in mind since the properties are in a historic district there are State and Federal Tax Credits available through State Historic Preservation Offices. At the very least come and take a stroll with us!

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