The Albany County Historical Association recently completed a project repairing and restoring plaster and lath in the Ten Broeck Mansion, the historic home built in 1798 for Brigadier General Abraham Ten Broeck and his wife, Elizabeth Van Rensselaer Ten Broeck.
The ACHA is the steward of the Federal-style mansion, which has served as the Association’s headquarters and operated as a historic house museum since 1948.
Funding for this project was made possible through the sponsorship of the Mohawk Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution; the Bender Family Foundation; and private donors.
Work was completed at the end of December on the third floor of the building by Seamus Quigley, owner of Halfpenny Handyman, located in the Hudson Valley. 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 roof. The ACHA is now seeking funding for the repair and repointing of the Mansion’s exterior brickwork, which will further protect and insulate the historic home.
For more information, visit the Ten Broeck Mansion website.
Photos of Northeast room, before and after renovation provided.
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