Center Square Association, Albany, N.Y.

2018 Hidden City House & Garden Tour, Albany, NY

Thursday, June 21, 5 – 8 p.m.

Tickets: $25/person

Pick up and day-of-event sales:

  • Pick up & day-of sales: 235 Lark Street (in front of Trinity United Methodist Church), Albany, 4-7 p.m. (Houses open at 5 p.m.)
  • Day of sales also at Capital Wine, 348 State Street (Note: No pre-paid pickup at Capital Wine)

Presale ticket locations:

  • Historic Albany Foundation, 89 Lexington Ave., Albany, NY  |  518.465.0876, Tues.-Fri. 9am-5pm, Sat. (in Warehouse) 9am-5pm
  • Capital Wine 348 State St., Albany, NY   |  518.689.0160, Mon.-Fri. Noon-9pm, Sat. 11am-9pm, Sun. Noon-7pm

All tickets non-refundable. Tour happens rain or shine!

(Pictured above: A Lancaster Street garden from a previous tour. View photos from previous tours.)

About the 2018 Hidden City House & Garden Tour in Albany, NY

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.

La Dow MansionThe 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.

While this extravagant home may have been built for the La Dow family, the building’s history extends well beyond the original owners. Albany Archives’ Matt Malette will be on hand in the mansion giving informal tours throughout the evening. 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!

Neighborhood restaurants, offering a great range of cuisines, along with charming shops, are part of the fun spirit that makes for a full evening in this unique locale. They offer specials and discounts to tour participants upon presentation of their ticket. A full listing and map is contained within the evening’s program/ticket.

Never been on the tour? Here’s how it works:
Once your tickets have been purchased, your name(s) will go on the prepaid guest list for the day of the tour. We cannot give out tickets (the tickets act as your map and program as well) ahead of time in order to maintain the privacy of the gracious homeowners that are opening up their homes and gardens to the public on the day of the tour.

On the day of the tour, tickets must be picked up (for the prepaid individuals) and can be purchased from 4-7 p.m. in front of Trinity Church (235 Lark Street) or inside Capital Wine & Liquor. Please note houses & gardens will not open until 5 p.m. The tour is a self-guided, go-at-your-own-pace, whatever-order-you-desire type tour! Most of the homes are within walking distance to one another.

Parking: Many people find parking on the streets off of Lark Street or in Washington Park. There is also a pay-to-park lot on the corner of Hamilton and Swan Streets. You will have to come down Swan from Madison Ave. and enter from Swan St.

Special thanks to our tour sponsor

We hope to see you at the tour!

All tickets nonrefundable.  Tour happens rain or shine!

This year’s restaurants, cafes and shops offering special discounts to tour attendees, thanks to the Lark Street BID: Umana Restaurant & Wine Bar, TapAsia, El Loco Mexican Cafe, Lark Tavern, McGuire’s, Savoy Taproom, Cafe Hollywood, LAX, Berben & Wolff’sBongiorno’s Italian RestaurantCapital Wine & Spirits, OH Bar, The Lionhearted Pub, Elissa Halloran Designs, Pint Sized, Alacrity Frame Workshop, Mio Posto, Romeo’s Gifts, Cottage Herb Farm Shop, Rain Modern Chinese, Shogun, Bombers Burritos, Lark Street Flower Market, Byron & Gill Mercantile, El Mariachi Tapas on Lark Street, La Luce Boutique, Ben & Jerry’s.


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Here is a profile on a house featured in last year’s tour:


Here are a couple of videos about the trolley pole on Hamilton Street and a house featured on the 2016 tour:


Here are a couple of videos that feature 2015 tour houses and the fascinating stories that go with them: