Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Community Forum on 118-120 Washington Ave.


WHAT: A panel of experts will provide their professional opinions on several issues that have been raised and debated regarding these structures, currently threatened by the Fort Orange Club’s expansion plans, including:
  • what is the age and significance of the buildings at 118-120 Washington,
  • did the Fort Orange Club ever really stand alone as a “pastoral” estate, and
  • can a compromise solution be reached to preserve the streetscape?

WHO: Panelists will include

  • Sandra M. Baptie AIA LEED AP
  • Tricia Barbagallo, Research Associate at NY State Museum’s Colonial Albany Project
  • Doug Bucher, Restoration Architect, John G. Waite Associates
  • Tony Opalka, Albany City Historian
  • Walter R. Wheeler, Architectural Historian, Hartgen Archeological Associates

WHEN: Tuesday, July 15
Panel Presentation – 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Discussion – 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

WHERE: Location to be determined

Albany's Fort Orange Club has applied to the city’s Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) for area variances for a comprehensive plan to expand their facility. The club seeks to raze these buildings, which could date to the 1830s, as part of that plan. Concerned residents have convened this meeting to support a grassroots effort to preserve these buildings.

Please visit our blog,, to review photos of the endangered buildings, the text of the Fort Orange Club's plan, a proposed site plan, recent letters to the editor of the Times Union, and many documents providing background on the issue.
If you have questions about this forum, please leave voice mail at 518-462-1900 or email .

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