Pillar #8

Historic Preservation

Preservation and repair of this historic house have been at the forefront of the Club’s work in recent years. Financial assistance to undertake this work has come from our generous members and supporters and from foundation and government grants. Since 2010, the WCA has received several grants from the Bender Family Foundation which funded some of the cost of repairing and restoring the West Bay and stained-glass windows above the Grand Staircase, creating a first-floor accessible bathroom, conducting a water remediation study, and restoring these pillars. With the efforts of Assembly Members Patricia Fahy and Jack McEneny, the State Assembly twice created the work and funding behind grants from the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York for work including construction of the exterior accessibility ramp, the West Bay and the accessible bathroom. The State Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation awarded grants for work including the West Bay and the North (rear) Porch and pillar, as well as the South (front) Porch and masonry work on the East (side) Porch.  

Excerpt from "Woman’s Club of Albany revitalizes building, membership"- The Daily Gazette, 2010. Read the entire article here. 

Ella Blair and Joseph Steefel can relax. Their building at 725 Madison Ave. in Albany is in very good hands.

Except from the Bender Family Foundation Grant Award Letter- June 22, 2009

The Bender Family Foundation Trustees believe in building the capacity of an organization, and we can only imagine the difficulties of maintaining a historic home built in 1895. It is with this thought in mind, that the family foundation supports organizations that maintain the history of the Capital District. 

Excerpt from the Environmental Protection Fund Grant Award Letter March 30, 2010

Congratulations! I am pleased to inform you that a matching grant of $200,000 has been reserved from the Environmental Protection Fund for the ongoing restoration of the historic clubhouse project. ...Governor David A. Paterson is committed to making smart investments in the environment, in historic preservation and in community quality of life. 

The Woman's Club of Albany

725 Madison Avenue • Albany • New York • 12208



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