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The Year in Pictures 2004 - Buildings

Something Old, Something New

Alicia Solsman
(clockwise from top left) An apartment complex for people with disabilities on Dove Street in Albany was featured in the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., this spring as an example of how affordable housing can also have good design; the long-awaited new marquee finally graced Albany’s Palace Theater in May; though the Wellington Hotel on State Street in downtown Albany has been deteriorating for more than a decade, its condition suddenly became an issue when a portion of the cornice began to sag dangerously at the end of August, and had to be removed. Several protests and legal fights later, its future is still uncertain; Mary Liz and Paul Stewart of the Underground Railroad Project used their detective skills to uncover an Underground Railroad landmark—an old safe house that hosted hundreds of freedom seekers and abolitionist meetings—at 194 Livingston Ave. in Albany. They got the building on state and federal historic registers, and acquired it from the county in order to make it into a museum; as the Wellington weakened, St. Joseph’s Church in the Ten Broeck Triangle was stabilizing. Though it’s got a long way to go, this year marked the first time in many years it was considered safe for anyone to go inside.

John Whipple

John Whipple

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Alicia Solsman

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