Schenectady's Stockade: New York's First Historic District
Located in upstate New York on the western banks of the Mohawk River, Schenectadyas stockade is recognized as the first historic district of New York State and has been protected by strict zoning laws since the 1960s. As one of the oldest European-settled areas in the Unites States, the stockade contains the highest concentration of historic buildings in the country. During the early 19th century, the stockade had become a center for business, but a major fire in 1819 swept most of it away. Remarkably, more than 40 buildings have remained a part of the landscape for more than two centuries. As a result, a mix of architecture from 17th-century Dutch to modern exists within the four blocks that make up the stockade. Through photographs and maps, Schenectadyas Stockade: New Yorkas First Historic District tells the story of one of Americaas earliest communities.
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19th century Albany Arthur's Market Barney's department store became Binnekill brick bridge in 1874 businesses Charles Steinmetz Church and Union Clute cobblestone street corner of Church corner of Ferry corner of Union Curler Hotel demolished Dutch Reformed church early Erie Canal Ferry Street flood French and Indian Front Street George Washington George Westinghouse Green Street hitching posts intersection John later Lawrence the Indian Liberty Street looking towards Front looking west lower State Street massacre Mohawk Bank Mohawk River Mohawk Valley northeast corner northwest Notice original stockade park photograph piers residential Robert Sanders Samuel Fuller Schenectady County Schenectady Locomotive Scotia Bridge Scotia side seen Sir William Johnson South Ferry Street south side steel bridge stockade area Street and Washington Street was built Theodore Burr trolley tunnel Union School Union Street looking view looking east Vrooman wagons Washington Avenue West College Western Gateway Bridge winter view WRGB YMCA York