Push underway to restore Albany's oldest building

June 15, 2017 06:47 PM

ALBANY - A major restoration project involving what’s believed to be Albany’s oldest building is now underway.

The home is located at 48 Hudson Avenue. It was built back in 1728. It was acquired by the Historic Albany Foundation in June 2013 and since then, they’ve been working on a six-phase, $2 million stabilization and restoration project.

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While the building has gone through some changes, the roof is the same as the original in 1728, just lifted into the position you see today.

"First it was a residence, and then it was a bigger residence, and then it was a wax factory which was the end of wax people's shoelaces so they could thread their shoelaces with Jared Holt -- who was a real rockstar in Albany. Then it went on to become a grocer with George Stoneman and then ultimately was Saul's Restaurant Equipment which is what most people know it as today,” explained Susan Holland with Historic Albany Foundation.

The Albany Historic Foundation is beginning a big push to match a big grant that they received from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation of nearly $270,000.

It’s still unclear of what will become of the building. Right now, the main goal is to stabilize and restore it.


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