Historic Resources Commission

Responsibilities & Duties

HRC is charged to conserve and protect historic sites, structures and other landmarks that have special value or interest to the City, in accordance with the Albany's General City Code Chapter 42 Part 4 Article XII (Sections 42-82 to 42-97), and pursuant to the City's Unified Sustainable Development Ordinance.

Albany's Historic Resources Commission (HRC) is appointed to:

  • Administer and regulate the appearance of the adopted historic districts
  • Protect their significant character
  • Review all proposed alterations or additions to any structure or landmark that fall within, or adjacent to, a local Historic District
  • Safeguard the archeological or cultural integrity in the best interest of the community

Review by the HRC is also required for demolition of any designated structure, and for new construction, in a local Historic District.

Historic Resources Commission Documents

Historic Resources Commission Meetings

  • 6 pm
  • Monthly
  • Albany Community Development Agency
    200 Henry Johnson Boulevard
    Community Room
    Albany, NY 12210

Hybrid Meetings

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, meetings will be held in-person at 200 Henry Johnson Boulevard and on  Zoom Teleconference and Videoconference until further notice. Meetings will also be attempted to be live-streamed via YouTube. Members of the public and applicants are encouraged to attend meetings via Zoom to provide room in-person for individuals without the ability to attend remotely. 

2022 Meeting Dates and Zoom Registration Links

December 15, 2021April 28September 1
January 13May 19September 22
February 3 June 9October 20
February 24June 30November 3
March 17 July 21 December 1
April 7 August 18


How to Submit Audio and Written Comments on Historic Resources Applications

Audio comments (up to three minutes in length) and written comments must be submitted to HRC@albanyny.gov no less than 48 hours in advance of the hearing or meeting to ensure review by the Historic Resources Commission. Submitted comments will not be played or read during the hearing or meeting.

How to Provide Public Comment on an application at a Historic Resources Commission Hearing or Meeting 

Requests to provide public comment at a public hearing or meeting must be submitted to HRC@albanyny.gov no less than 24 hours in advance of a meeting and shall include:

  • Your name
  • The project/s that you wish to speak on,  and
  • The municipality where you live, as required by §34-1B of the Albany City Code.

Members of the public will have three minutes to speak per project and Common Council members have six minutes to speak per project. Speaking times may be modified based on the number of individuals signed up to speak, so it is recommended to submit written or audio comments prior to the hearing or meeting. Projects on a public workshop agenda do not have a public comment period.

Please be respectful of others and in the delivery of your public comment. The Historic Resources Commission reserves the right to silence or remove participants who are not respectful during the meeting or hearing.

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes

Members

The Historic Resources Commission (HRC) consists of nine members appointed by the Mayor, with the advice and consent of the Common Council. The presence of five members of the Commission constitutes a quorum, and the concurring vote of five members is required to carry out an action.

John Myers

John Myers, Chair

Jen Geraghty

Jennifer Geraghty

chris H.

Chris Hacker

Marilyn Kaplan

Marilyn Kaplan

JME Photo

Jack McEneny

LP

Lee Pinckney

Erin Tobin

Erin Tobin


Historic Preservation Planning

HRC supports the Historic Preservation Plan as an effective tool to expand on existing and future preservation programming and preservation initiatives. Read the Historic Preservation Plan (September 30, 2019).

Historic Districts

Albany's Historic Districts were established in accordance with the City's Historic Resources Ordinance. These districts serve to preserve and protect:

  • Buildings
  • Places
  • Sites
  • Special historic or aesthetic interest
  • Structures
  • Works of art and other objects having a special character
  • Any other particular value to the City

Though some of Albany's Historic Districts have been Nationally designated (National Register of Historic Places), the City only maintains oversight for the locally designated districts, which have been adopted by the Common Council. The City has sixteen locally designated historic districts and four districts that are National recognized.