How old?

A sort of tangent to that map of Albany mayor homes since the Civil War... The city of Albany publishes an inventory of residential buildings in the city -- here's the 2017 version -- which includes details such as square footage and number of bedrooms. It also includes the year the home was built, which is helpful if you're doing research -- or, you know, you're just curious.


That list has at least a couple of errors that I personally know of.

For example, my own house is listed as 1893, but I have deeds and other materials that date it between 1840-1850. And the latter matches with the date given in the Historic Albany Inventory.

That said, there was some significant remodeling done on my house after , including removal of dormer windows, addition of a bay window, and changes to the front door and stoop. That remodeling probably occurred around 1893 and could account for the incorrect construction date.

The 2017 list you link to seems to leave off at Y -- no Z. Where is Zoar and Zuni? I recently got my tax bill (Zuni) so I know they know we exist.

You went all the way to the bottom where the 2 Family Homes are listed. PDF is divided in 2 with 1 families listed first and then 2 families.
Zoar and Zuni are listed at the end of 1 families. Must not be any 2 families on Zoar or Zuni.

Thanks, James -- you are right that I shot right down to the bottom of the document. I finally found my house -- and there is some wrong info. For whatever reason (typo?) I'm listed a having only 1 bedroom when I have 3. And they list me as having a good 400 square ft. more living space than I actually have because I think they are counting a semi-finished attic as living space (emphasis on "semi" -- as in barely worked on by the previous owners and certainly not habitable). Might be grounds for me to challenge my assessment.

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