Monday, February 28, 2011

The Brownstone Bouquet

With this year's especially active winter weather, I'll take whatever signs of spring I can get. In this case, carved garlands of flowers on the underside of a turret-style window on the Central Avenue brownstone of Michael Schrodt.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Lurking Tower

Though it's several blocks away, the Corning Tower seems to be lurking just past the snow-weighted trees and empty picnic benches of Washington Park.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Snow More

Looking up at my maple tree along Madison Avenue at the height of today's storm.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

150 Washington Avenue

An ornate lantern, lacy iron hinges, and an image of Saint Andrew decorate the entrance to the historic St. Andre's Society on Washington Avenue. The Society was found as the United Irish and Scottish Benevolent Society in 1802 to offer aid to Scottish and Irish immigrants.

The elegant brownstone which now houses the Society was built for Albany's leading manufacturer of architectural cast iron, James McKinney. It became the Society's home around 1930.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Brownstone Bear

A carved bear overlooks Central Avenue near the famous Blue Note music shop. The bear (which looks admittedly feline when viewed in profile) adorns an 1889 brownstone which was originally by architect Ernest Hoffman for Michael Schrodt, founder and general manager of the Beverwyck Brewery.