The Story behind the Building

Tour curated by: Berline Laguerre

‘The Story behind the Home’ walking tour focuses on homes that were built during the 18th century. Throughout this tour, not only will you gain an appreciation of the architectural beauty of each home, but also the historical background of each building. The walking tour consists of five locations that share a common theme. All of the houses in the tour shares a story of its previous owner. Therefore, each home brings forth an educational purpose to their respective communities. The building of this tour is now valued as historical sites that hold the tradition and cultural aspects of Albany during the 18th century.

Locations for Tour

Erastus Corning II was born on October 7, 1909, into a family that was financially prosperous and politically experienced. When Erastus Corning II was an adolescent he attended the Albany Academy for Boys and Groton School. Later on, he attended…

The Albany Institute of History and Art was founded in 1791. It is one of the oldest museums in the United States of America. Dedicated to preserving the historic cultural of Albany during the 17th century, it has hundreds of documents that…

The Schuyler Mansion was the home of General Philip Schuyler. Philip Schuyler was born on 1733. By the year of 1761, he started to assemble his materials that would help him build his first home. His plans were interrupted in March because General…

In the city of Albany on May 1734, General Abraham Ten Broeck was born. His parents were Dirck Ten Broeck and Margarita Cuyler. Many life changing events took place in General Abraham’s life that led him to be known as one of Albany’s wealthiest…

The Historic Cherry Hill mansion was built for Philip and Maria Van Rensselaer. It served as a home to five generations of the Van Rensselaer family, where it sat overlooking the Hudson River in Albany. The Cherry Hill mansion was is more than just a…