Albanology: 111-113 State Street

  • Constructed in 1814 for Francis Bloodgood, an Albany lawyer who went on to serve as Albany’s Mayor in 1830.
  • Bloodgood was a key player in the Albany Regency, a political patronage organization to whom the phrase “To the victor go the spoils,” was applied.
  • The Albany Regency was established to control the Democratic Party by a man who lived at 111 State Street while he served as Attorney General of New York State from 1815-1819.
  • When elected to the U. S. Senate in 1821, he turned day-to-day control of this political machine over to a number of his friends and allies, and they influenced policy in the State and Nation from the 1822 through 1838.
  • This man, Martin Van Buren, born in Kinderhook, went on to be elected the 8th President of the United States, serving from 1837 – 1841.
  • You may think that the former home of a US President, on a major thoroughfare just east of the New York State Capitol would be revered as a historic landmark.
  • But in the early 1980s, the buildings at 111-113 State Street were largely vacant and on the verge of collapse.
  • Twice, in the 1990s, Historic Albany Foundation saved the buildings from the wrecking ball, arguing that they were sound enough to renovate and significant enough to maintain until a sympathetic developer could be found.
  • In 2000, brothers Richard and Anthony DeThomasis bought the buildings with plans to develop two commercial spaces and 11 residential units.
  • Historic Albany Foundation secured a $100,000 grant from the New York State Environmental Protection Fund to restore the facades, and the project was completed in 2003.
  • Now 111-113 State Street offers 11 residential and retail units including studios, one- and two-bedroom apartments; and includes parking.
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