The City of Albany has initiated a planning process to prepare the City’s first Historic Preservation Plan. The goal of the plan will be to strengthen the City’s existing preservation policies, ordinances and program through a long-term vision and creation of practical policies and achievable goals for improving the historic preservation program and ethic within the community. The Historic Preservation Plan will build on past successes by acknowledging the role historic preservation plays in shaping the city’s urban form and character, while recognizing that additional efforts are needed to identify high priority areas for preservation, reinvestment, and economic development.

The City of Albany has engaged The Lakota Group, a Chicago-based firm specializing in historic preservation, urban planning, urban design and landscape architecture, to prepare the Historic Preservation Plan. Creation of the plan will encompass the following:


Plan process listed below:

Historic Preservation Plan (April 2019 – September 2019)

Albany is a city that proudly celebrates its heritage. For the past 400 years, the city has developed with a distinctive character and sense of place. For more information about the City of Albany’s Historic Preservation Program visit the city’s website.


Thank you to everyone for attending the community open houses! Thanks to all the online survey participants! We greatly appreciate all your feedback!



Stay informed of the progress of Albany’s NY Historic Preservation Plan! Here’s a short video of the introductory meeting of the Albany NY Historic Preservation Plan Steering Committee held on July 11th, 2019. The purpose of the Steering Committee is to provide feedback and guidance to the City and The Lakota Group on the overall preparation of the plan. Click here to watch the video!

The Albany NY Historic Preservation Plan Steering Committee includes the following members: Glinnesa Gailliard, Chris Hacker, Travon Jackson, Cara Macri, Jack McEneny, John Myers, Akum Norder, Tony Opalka, Jackie Ring, and Erin Tobin. Stay tuned for more information regarding future engagement opportunities!

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Below are the draft Historic Preservation Plan and the materials displayed at all seven (7) community open houses held on during the first Community Open Houses (July 9-11, 2019) and the second Community Open Houses (September 11, 2019). All documents are available in PDF format to review and download. Scroll to the bottom to view the Historic Preservation Plan.

Sitting majestically atop Albany's State Street hill, the New York State Capitol has served as the seat of government for New York since the 1880s. The building is a marvel of late 19th-century architectural grandeur. Under the direction of five architects, the Capitol was built by hand of solid masonry over a period of 32 years. By 1899 its cost had exceeded twenty-five million dollars.

The Lakota Group

We bring creative solutions that inspire action and result in beautiful, people-driven places. Our firm has 25 years of experience in urban design, planning, landscape architecture, and historic preservation. Our mission is to create plans that build connections between people, their environments, and their history. This is reflected in our name – Lakota, the Native American word for Allies.

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