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:


The process is comprised of two major phases:

Phase 1: State of the City (April 2019 – July 2019)
Phase 2: Historic Preservation Plan (July 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 for attending the first neighborhood open houses! We appreciate your input!  If you were not able to make it for the neighborhood open houses the week of July 9 – 11, 2019, no worries!  An online survey version of the workshop will be available on this website the week of July 15.  Stay tuned for more information regarding future engagement opportunities!


The first online survey is available! To take the survey click the image above! Share your input!

Please feel free to send us your comments anytime by using the comment portal at the bottom of the page!

Below are the materials displayed at the community open houses held on July 9-11, 2019. All documents are available in PDF format to review and download.

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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