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Albany's Hidden City House & Garden Tour

  • exterior of a historic mansion
  • people on a tour through a garden
  • hanging plant
  • potted plants and an American flag
  • potted plants on a porch
  • outdoor red chairs
  • garden behind walls
  • plants and hanging plants
  • potted plants
  • hanging plants
  • fern
  • kitchen
  • outdoor pathway
  • chair indoors
  • a window
  • a living room
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Cost: $20/person through June 15, then $25/person
Phone: 518-465-0876

Center Square Association, Hudson/Park Neighborhood Association and Historic Albany Foundation are proud to present the 2018 Hidden City House & Garden Tour on Thursday, June 21 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Every year, this tour brings the neighborhoods to life as homeowners open their doors and gardens to the public. Guests are able to tour, at their leisure, the beautiful and historic homes and hidden gardens that make up the Center Square, Hudson/Park and Washington Park neighborhoods. Residents of these neighborhoods open their homes and gardens for one night only.

The main highlight of this year’s tour is one of the most unique homes to ever be built in the city of Albany; “The Castle”. The majestic Queen Anne style mansion, built in 1891 by noted local architect Ernest Hoffman, towers over Washington Park Lake at 10 Thurlow Terrace. It was the winter home to the prolific inventor, Charles La Dow, and his family, and features original, unique flooring in every room, beautiful interior hardware, and oddities only an inventor would truly appreciate, among many other things. Generally closed to the public, this once-in-a-lifetime experience to finally see what the 8,500 square foot La Dow Mansion has been hiding on its four floors for almost 130 years is what you’ve been waiting for.

Included in the tour again this year is the delightful Hudson-Jay Park, where guests will find creatively designed floral, vegetable and herb pots being raffled off to support park beautification. Ben & Jerry’s will be scooping ice cream to celebrate the first day of summer!

Tickets are available for $20/person through June 15 and for $25/person from June 16-21. Purchase your tickets online at or in-person at Historic Albany Foundation (89 Lexington Ave) or Capital Wine (348 State Street).

Day-of-event sales are available at 235 Lark Street and Capital Wine (348 State Street). Pre-ordered tickets may be picked up at 235 Lark Street the day of the event between 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

All tickets are non-refundable, and the tour will happen rain or shine.

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