Tiny Houses in the Capital District of New York State
This Thematic Tour highlights the tiny houses, narrow buildings, or otherwise unique and historic structures in Albany, Schenectady and Troy.
This house is one of the most peculiar and intriguing buildings in the city of Albany. Located in the historic Ten Broeck Triangle neighborhood, it was built in 1876. 27 Wilson Street is walking distance from the historic Ten Broeck Mansion, at 9 Ten Broeck Place. On the outside of 27 Wilson, a plaque reads "Built 1876 as Heating Plant - The Little House." The Ten Broeck Triangle Historic District was added to the Registry in 1979, and was expanded four years latter. It is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city of Albany. Located in Arbor Hill, the neighborhood is made up of buildings from the 18th, 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries.
303c State Street is located in the Center Square/Hudson Park Historic District in the city of Albany, NY. In 1980, the neighborhood was listed on the Historic Registry. The building was built circa 1856, and was originally used as a carriage house. Center Square/Hudson Park Historic District borders the Sheridan Hollow, Central Avenue, and Downtown neighborhoods and is walking distance from the Historic Washington Park. Within this historic district, a majority of the buildings were built in the 19th and 20th century, with a sparse amount of modern buildings from the late 20th, early 21st century. During the 1850s, when 303c State Street was built, Victorian style architecture was the popular style of choice.
172 1/2 Washington Avenue is located near the Capitol Hill neighborhood in the city of Albany, NY. The Washington Avenue Historic Corridor, One of Albany's newest Historic District created in 2019, features many houses and buildings like 172 1/2. The brownstone rowhouse was built during the 19th century. Many of the buildings in the Washington Avenue Historic Corridor were built during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Some of the striking features of the building include the intricate moulding along the top and the ornate bay window above the entryway. Both Capitol Hill and the Empire State Plaza are a walking-distance away.
229 Elm Street is a charming 855 square foot home built around the beginning of the 20th century. Located in the Central Square/Hudson Park Historic District, the building was formally commercially zoned, but is now a residential building. According to a Building-Structure Inventory Form from March, 1975, it was described as a “detached, single story commercial building” that had considerably deteriorated. Today, the exterior of the house has a mid-century modern style to it. It is simplistic, geometric, and functional; some of the key components of mid-century modern design and architecture. 229 Elm Street remains a practical and functional building, about one hundred years after it was initally constructed.
This peculiar building was constructed in 1876 and can be found in the Pastures Historic District in Albany. The building is adorned with ornate brickwork, displaying the Victorian style that was common during mid and late 19th century.The neighborhood was highly developed by the end of the 19th century. The city of Albany Historian Tony Opalka informed us that it was constructed on “a leftover piece of land that was wedged between the commercial building on S Pearl and the last building on Westerlo.” Today, 77 Westerlo is a residential building. The Pastures Historic District is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Albany, and was placed on the Historic Registry in 1972.