Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Big photo spread in Times Union today ...

Work continues on St. Joseph's
Historic Albany holds final fundraising open house of season for old church

Staff reports
First published: Wednesday, September 13, 2006

ALBANY -- On Sunday, the Historic Albany Foundation hosted the final open house of the season at the former St. Joseph's Church.

The church, located at Ten Broeck and Second Streets, is undergoing an interior stabilization project. During the open house visitors were treated to an exhibit about the history of the building and parish and learned about plans for the building's future.

A group called Committee 150 has been holding fundraisers and parties with a goal of raising about $1,000 each time for the Historic Albany Foundation, which is overseeing work at St. Joseph's Church. Its overall goal is to raise $150,000 for renovation work.

In 2003, the city gave the foundation ownership of the 141-year-old neo-Gothic church, which had been closed nearly a decade earlier by the Albany Roman Catholic Diocese. Its roof was in danger of collapse because leaks had rotted a key supporting pillar.

Colleen Ryan, co-founder of Committee 150, said the citizens campaign was organized to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the former St. Joseph's Church, and to raise $150,000 to continue stabilization work on the once-endangered building.

The campaign began in May and is slated to end in the fall.

So far through parties and donations, Committee 150 has raised nearly $50,000. A challenge grant from prominent investment counselor Candace King Weir, owner of C.L. King & Associates Inc., which matches each $2 raised with $1 additional, brings the total to date to nearly $75,000 -- one-half of their goal, organizers said.

For information about the stabilization project at St. Joseph's, contact Erin Tobin Bearden at Historic Albany Foundation at or call 465-0876 Ext. 12.

Also, to learn more about Committee 150, or to sign up to plan and host a party, see http://www.committee150. or call 462-1900.


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