The Albany County Historical Association (ACHA) has recently begun the repair and restoration of plaster and lath in the Ten Broeck Mansion, the historic home of Brigadier General Abraham Ten Broeck and his wife, Elizabeth Van Rensselaer, constructed in 1798.
The ACHA serves as steward of the Federal-style mansion, which has been the headquarters of the Association and operated as a historic house museum since 1948.
The plaster and lath on the third floor of the Mansion has been long in need of repair. The lost sections of the horsehair plaster and lath is part of the original construction of the house that has suffered loss over the centuries. Lath and horsehair plaster not only provided a finished look, but was an important insulating feature helping to prevent ice buildup on the Mansion’s roof.
The Albany County Historical Association is a private non-profit dedicated to the preservation, presentation, and promotion of the rich history and culture of Albany County. Visit the Ten Broeck Mansion website for information on tours and other upcoming events and programs.