Becoming Familiar with the Unfamiliar

Tour curated by: A. Afriyie

There are many people who visit Albany. They simply want to see the buildings, places that are tourist attractions and the locations that are popular. However, what many do not realize is that they lose out on learning about the other apart of Albany. There are many homes that people reside in that impacted those that came before them and those before them; these homes helped people reach their “promise land”, helped provide refuge to some and were resting places for other important figures in history. No matter what the purpose that the homes served, it was important to someone and is important to the history of Albany.

Locations for Tour

Stephen Myers was a slave who was freed at the age of eighteen. When he was freed, he worked many odd jobs to earn some money and take care of himself. In 1827, Myers married his wife Harriet and they had four children together. After he was freed,…

The Walter Merchant House was built in the mid-19th century. It is a townhouse in the Italianate architectural style that encompasses designs from the Italian Renaissance. During the time that the house was built, many others like it surrounded it…

The Hun Houses no longer exist; where they were once located is now a courtyard between Civil Service Employees Association and Service Employees International Union. When the houses were standing, the Armory, the University Club of Albany, the…

In 1856, a banker decided that he was going to build himself a home. The banker set his eyes on the famous Italianate style for his home and built this home to reside in. Years later, many people began to take notice of the beautiful home and the…

The Mansion Historic District, which is located south of the Empire State Plaza, is right below the NYS Executive Mansion. When it was first created, it was meant for wealthy citizens and some middle class were allowed to live in the District…

Between the years of 1761 and 1765, Revolutionary War Major General Philip Schuyler and his wife, Catherine Van Rensselaer Schuyler, built this home, now known as Schuyler Mansion. The location where the house stands was isolated at the time of its…