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Pine Hills Homes in Holiday House Tour

December 10, 2011

by Thomas McDonald

A cluster of homes in the Pine Hills will be featured in the ninth annual Holiday House tour Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The holiday house event is one way  Historic Albany Foundation promotes preservation of properties in Albany.

This year’s house tour features 12 homes and one public location at the Opalka Gallery at 140 New Scotland Ave., where the event begins. Annually, some 250 to 300 people usually participate in the tour.

A house on Providence Street that will be featured in the tour (Thomas McDonald)

“This year is a little different from the previous tours,” said Genny Faist, program coordinator. “There will be three clusters this year so we can expose the different architectural structures in separate parts of the city.”

In addition to the Pine Hills cluster of homes, another is located in the Center Square and Lark Street area, and a third in the Buckingham Pond area.

“In years past all of the houses have been within walking distance, but this year we are encouraging everyone to drive from cluster to cluster,” said Faist. Each cluster has a minimum of four homes.

Janna and David Mendonca were recruited by the Historic Albany Foundation for a possible stop on the tour. They accepted the invitation and their Providence Street home will be featured on the tour. The Mendoncas are the fourth owners of their 98-year-old home.

“The Historic Albany foundation reached out to us in an email,” said homeowner David Mendonca. “There is a lot of history in this Dutch colonial, bungalow style house.”

The Mendonca’s moved to the city of Albany after David accepted a job working with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Plans for the Mendonca’s home were first developed by a bridge engineer, C.H. Wood.

Holiday House tour promotional poster

At least one home on the tour is on the market. The home, on Ontario Street, has received some media attention, and from the outside appears not to be a home at all.

“I am involved to get more exposure for a future buyer to see what is truly a great space,” said owner Will Voseck. “I’ve worked with an architect, who created a movable room, which can reconfigure the space of the warehouse.”

Those who attend the event are encouraged to see every stop on the  tour map. Ticket holders may take any route they like to view the homes.

Tickets are $24 and $29 for the Holiday House Tour and can be purchased at Tickets and maps for the tour may be picked up on the day of the tour Sunday at the Opalka Gallery on New Scotland Avenue from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. where carolers will be serenading tour-goers. -30-


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