On March 6, 2012, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced the designation of 13 new National Historic Landmarks in nine different states, including a site associated with the famed Apache scouts, the largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings in the world, an early 18th-century parish church.
Of the 13 new landmarks scattered around the United States, TWO are right here in the Capital Region:
- The destroyer escort USS Slater (Albany, New York) is a rare and extraordinarily intact example of an important class of mass-produced warships designed for convoy protection during World War II.
- Constructed in 1888-89 by a wealthy Troy couple as a memorial to their only child, the Gardner Earl Memorial Chapel and Crematorium (Troy, New York) is the most architecturally sophisticated example of early public crematoria in the United States. The building is an example of Romanesque Revival architectural composition with a rich detailed interior design that reflect its memorial nature.
“Each of these landmarks teaches us about the history of our land, our people, and our nation – from pictographs dating back two millennia to a World War II warship,” Secretary Salazar said. “By designating these sites as National Historic Landmarks, we are ensuring that future generations will know these important chapters in our nation’s story and expand opportunities for tourism that generate economic returns for our local communities.”
National Historic Landmarks are nationally significant historic places that possess exceptional value or quality in illustrating or interpreting the heritage of the United States. The program, established in 1935, is administered by the National Park Service on behalf of the Secretary of the Interior.
“These new listings will join approximately 2,500 other sites in the National Historic Landmark Program,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “These places not only showcase our rich and complex history – from prehistoric time right up to the modern era – but they help drive tourism and boost local economies.”
National Historic Landmarks In or Near Albany, NY:
- Adirondack Forest Preserve – Adirondack State Forest Preserve.
- Bronck House – Coxsackie, New York.
- Bronson, Dr. Oliver, House and Estate – Hudson, NY.
- Brown, John, Farm and Gravesite – Lake Placid, NY.
- Canfield Casino and Congress Park – Saratoga Springs, NY.
- Church, Frederic E. House (Olana) – Hudson, NY.
- Cole, Thomas. House – Catskill, NY.
- Eagle Island Camp – Saranac Inn, NY.
- First Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of Kingston, Kingston, NY.
- Fort Crailo – Rensselaer, NY.
- Fort Orange Archeological Site – Albany, NY.
- Fort Ticonderoga – Ticonderoga, NY.
- General Electric Research Laboratory – Schenectady, NY.
- Gurley, W. & L.E., Building – Troy, NY.
- Hall, James, Office – Albany, NY.
- Harmony Mills – Cohoes, NY.
- Hasbrouck, Jean, House – New Paltz, NY.
- Haynes, Lemuel, House – South Granville, NY.
- Huguenot Street Historic District – New Paltz, NY.
- Hyde Hall – Springfield Center, NY.
- Lake Mohonk Mountain House – New Paltz, NY.
- Langmuir, Irving, House – Schenectady, NY.
- Lindenwald (Martin Van Buren Home) – Kinderhook, NY.
- Millay, Edna St. Vincent, House & Gardens (Steepletop) – Austerlitz, NY.
- Mohawk Upper Castle Historic District – Danube, NY.
- Mullany, Kate, House – Troy, NY.
- New York State Capitol – Albany, NY.
- Nott Memorial Hall – Schenectady, NY.
- Owl’s Nest (Edward Eggleston Estate) – Lake George, NY.
- Petrified Sea Gardens – Saratoga Springs, NY.
- Radeau LAND TORTOISE (Shipwreck) – Lake George, NY.
- Sagamore Lodge – Long Lake, NY.
- Saratoga Spa State Park – Saratoga Springs, NY.
- Schuyler Flatts Archeological District – Menands, NY.
- Schuyler, Philip, Mansion – Albany, NY.
- St. Peter’s Episcopal Church (Albany) – Albany, NY.
- Troy Savings Bank – Troy, NY.
- Van Alen House – Kinderhook, NY.
- Washington’s Headquarters – Newburgh, NY.
- Watervliet Arsenal – Watervliet, NY.
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Sandra Foyt | Sandra Foyt is a storyteller, photographer, and road trip junkie. A veteran of six cross-country road trips, she drove Route 66, the Lincoln Highway, the fossil freeway, the extraterrestrial highway, and even “the loneliest road in America.” Find her on GetawayMavens.com, an award-winning destination guide to extraordinary travel in and from Northeast USA, on her portfolio site at SandraFoyt.com, and in freelance gigs on Family Travel 411, Minitime, Huffington Post, and Matador Network. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Twitter @SandraFoyt.