Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church & Ten Broeck Triangle
threat: deterioration and demolition
St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church is one of Albany’s
great landmarks, defining the neighborhood in which it stands.
The Ten Broeck Triangle Historic District was developed primarily
between the mid 1840s and the early 1900s with outstanding examples
of townhouse architecture of numerous styles. But by the second
half of the twentieth century, the wealthiest families had moved
out and magnificent townhouses were converted to small apartments
or simply neglected and left to be ravaged by time and the elements.
Decades of urban disinvestment have taken their toll on the buildings
in this National Register historic district, but Ten Broeck Triangle
remains remarkably intact with a unified frontage of townhouses
facing St. Joseph’s, one of the finest Gothic churches in
In addition to strong support from the
City of Albany for St. Joseph’s and its surrounding neighborhood,
the Historic Albany Foundation and Ten Broeck Triangle Preservation
League have worked together to make this a priority issue. Both
St. Joseph’s and 41 Ten Broeck Street need owners capable
of restoring and maintaining the buildings for new productive use.
As well, the neighborhood could greatly benefit from tools such
as the Neighborhood Reinvestment Act,
which is the top priority for the Preservation League in the 2003
Legislative session. Passage of the Neighborhood Reinvestment Act
would create a state tax credit for owners of historic homes, to
encourage reinvestment from within existing neighborhoods, while
also attracting new owners.