Tuesday, October 27, 2015


The last program for the Fall Session with SUNY/HVCC Center for Creative Retirement today at Ten Broeck Mansion   in Albany.  The mansion is a beautiful federal style home built in 1789 by Abraham Ten Broeck, it is an interpretative house museum but also the home of the Albany County Historical Society.  Since the house had changed hands over the years, the contents have been brought in to restore and furnish the property.  And because of this the house is able to be utilized for public and private events.  So today we were treated to a private tour and lunch. 

The iron on the sides of the building---the date the home was built and the initials of the very prominent owners.  Wonderful that they are still intact and in perfect condition.
Abraham Ten Broeck
The grounds of the mansion are beautiful, even in the Fall as the beautiful flowers start to wilt and the foliage turns.  And the garden is full of wonderful old trees.  Many pre-date the home.
The garden
Who is this...? ...maybe Abraham?
Inside, not all the rooms are interpretative, many are used as offices and storage, but the rooms that are done are simply lovely.
All of the first level rooms are done.
And two bedrooms with attached baths (this home was one of the first in Albany to have "modern" bath rooms.)  The bedrooms were added with an addition to the house.
The lady's bedroom.
The gentleman's room.
The second floor hallway, the pews are from The First Church of Albany..
And can you see the curved cupboard doors at the end of the hallway flanking the window?
The beautiful staircase.
My favorite part of the tour was the wine cellar in the basement of the house.
This perfectly intact room had been bricked over, and was only found when a repair needed to be made to the homes mechanical.  When a loose brick was found, so was the wine cellar, still full of wine.  Many bottles (that many had thought) no longer existed.  Needless to say, after an expert was called in, many of the bottles were auctioned off for (up to) $7,000.00 and that money is a godsend for a historic home in major need of work.  All the money went right back into the house.
The link above will take you to the article in the Times Union.
And so as we wrap up the last of the programs (we signed up for) with SUNY/HVCC we head off for lunch, a few errands and then home.  And the great thing is, they are already lining up programs for the Spring!


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