Category Archives: Saratoga History

Preservation Matters: Back to life, 15 Church Street

Image courtesy of the Saratoga Room, Saratoga Springs Public Library This image of the Franklin House shows the addition, which is now 15 Church Street, appears on an envelope dated 1901 Last night for the first time, I walked past the long vacant building known to many as “the purple building behind the post office” […]
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Preservation Matters: Movies make memories – Community Theatre

Circa 1941 color postcard of the Community Theatre showing the roof decorative detailing that has since been removed. Saratoga Room, Saratoga Springs Public Library There is something about going to the movies that creates memories that last. I will probably always remember that I saw “Gravity” in 3D the first night the new Bow Tie […]
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Preservation Matters: Horse Haven, Where It All Began

Saratoga’s first thoroughbred horse race took place on August 3, 1863. That’s the date Saratoga Springs will celebrate next year in observing the Saratoga Race Course’s 150th anniversary.  What you may not know, however, is that the first race took place not on the current track with its grandstand and iconic steeples, but across Union […]
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Preservation Matters: The Story of 117 Grand Avenue

                    When I first came to Saratoga Springs I always noticed one particular building when stopped at the intersection of Franklin Street, Grand Avenue and Congress Street, 117 Grand Avenue.  It stands taller with its steeply pitched roof and has much more detail than the other […]
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