For further information, please consult your tax advisor. It is the oldest church building in the district. Robins Brown and E.
The new area, between Hawk, State, Lark and Madison, attracted builders very quickly. President James Madison , a move that was attacked as an effort to further cleanse Albany of its Dutch colonial past.
An s-vintage electric pole for the system, one of two left in the city, is in front of Hamilton. Builders almost exclusively put up groups of attached brick rowhouses , often demolishing any earlier structures on the property, changing the character of the district. Many were builders or other local businessmen. Their models ranged from simple buildings for working-class families to high-end houses for affluent buyers.
Judge William Learned commissioned Russell Sturgis to design homes for his family at — State Street in , one of only two buildings he designed in the city.
It is the oldest church building in the district. While the rest of the neighborhood grew, the blocks south of Elm Street remained largely undeveloped during this early period. The Hinckel brewery had been located at Park and South Swan since In the ravine to the south was filled and Lincoln Park created.
Development there remained slow, however. Another park helped transform the district into a more upscale enclave. Over the course of the s and 80s, Washington Park was gradually acquired and developed. The streets around it became the city's newest desirable address, with their wealthy residents building houses larger than the rowhouses they had previously called home.
The spillover effect on property values on the streets to the east was enhanced when the new state capitol was just to the east. By , two years before the capitol was complete, every street in the district had at least one address on Albany's Social List. In the first decades of the 20th century the neighborhood began to change slightly. Large apartment houses were built,  such as the buildings at and State Street.
The latter, designed by Marcus T. Reynolds , architect of many of the city's prominent buildings from this era, would become popular with the district's longtime residents as they aged. This trend toward larger buildings and greater density culminated with the completion of the Smith Building in The story Art Deco skyscraper instantly became the district's largest building.
As subsequent office buildings in the district were not architecturally sympathetic with the rowhouses around them, it is considered the district's youngest contributing property.
Elsewhere in the district during the first three decades of the new century, in a memorial fountain to geologist James Dwight Dana was erected in the small park now named after him where Lark Street and Delaware Avenue merge at Madison Avenue. Nearby, at 25 Delaware Avenue 14 years later, in , the city's fire department built the Dutch Colonial Revival fire signaling building. As Prohibition had been anticipated by the conversion of a brewery into apartments, Repeal was heralded one of the most notorious events in the district's history.
In the early hours of December 12, , gangster Legs Diamond , who had grown rich partly through sales of illegal liquor, was shot dead in his hideout on the upper floor of 67 Dove Street as he slept off a party the night before. The killing officially remains unsolved. The Great Depression , which followed, had an effect on the district. Since the s the wealthy families that lived there had often merely rented their rowhouses while owning summer residences outside the city, in then-rural communities like Loudonville , Slingerlands , Altamont or Selkirk.
In the s, cash-strapped landlords began pressuring their city tenants to either buy the properties outright or move. With the advent of the automobile, commuting to work in the city from outlying locations had become easier, and many faced with that choice took the latter route, taking up full-time residence in what had up to then been their summer homes, and beginning the suburbanization of the Albany area, a process that accelerated after World War II. In the early s it successfully opposed both a plan to demolish four buildings for a parking garage, and an attempt by McDonald's to open a restaurant in the neighborhood.
It succeeded both in stopping the highway project , and giving a name to its neighborhood. Over the course of the s, that changed in Center Square as the CSNA's success began to make that neighborhood a desirable place for the young professionals of the era to live. By it had the highest rents in the city. The neighborhood association's success in getting its way with city politicians has been attributed to its membership having many lawyers, civil servants and other well-connected present and former residents to draw upon.
They pointed out that residents often competed for parking with state workers in the buildings at Empire State Plaza, and that older residents and those with small children had considered moving out of the neighborhood for the suburbs due to the parking problem. Historic preservation of the neighborhoods led the producers of the film adaptation of William Kennedy 's novel Ironweed to use Lark Street as a location.
The story takes place in Albany during the Depression, and it did not need to be recreated as many buildings from that era still stood. In the s the CSNA and the Lark Street Merchants Association began working together in response to early signs of urban decay brought on by that era's recession.
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