St. Joseph’s Church is a historic Gothic church in the middle of the Ten Broeck Triangle neighborhood. The Church is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places and acts as an idyllic anchor in the community.
When it was built St. Joseph’s was located in the middle of what was known as, Millionaire’s Row. Back then the Ten Broeck Triangle was where the city’s wealthy merchants, bankers and lumber barons built their mansions.
The Church has graced the city skyline since 1860 and was built to serve the increasing Catholic population in Albany at the time. Designed by Patrick Keely, who also designed the Church of Immaculate Conception, the Church has stunning stain glass windows, an ornate carved hammer beam wood ceiling, and a distinct Gothic look that is hard not to fall in love with. Oh and it also still has amazing bells, built and designed by the Meneely Bell Co. of Troy, which are still rung from time to time during events.
Unfortunately, due to a lack of funds and membership the church eventually had to close it’s doors in 1994. Since its closing the church has had a somewhat controversial existence. Early on the Church was purchased by private owners, but ultimately the Church came into the hands of the Historic Albany Foundation in 2003.
Since that time the Historic Albany Foundation has raised funds to stabilize and maintain the building, and has worked with the City and the Community to find an adaptive and acceptable reuse for the structure.
For more information on the Church’s history you can visit the Church’s Wikipedia page.
For updates on the Church’s use check back often.