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The Landmarks Commission was established by the City Council in 1979. According to the Albany Municipal Code, Chapter 2.76, the commission was created to “effect and accomplish the protection, enhancement, perpetuation of improvements and districts, which represent or reflect elements of the city’s cultural, social, economic, political and architectural history.”

The purpose of this commission is to “safeguard the city’s historic and cultural heritage; foster civic pride in the beauty and noble accomplishments of the past; protect and enhance the city’s attractions; strengthen the economy of the city and property values; and promote the use of historic districts and landmarks for the education, pleasure and welfare of the people of the city.” The commission maintains historic property records, recommends historical designations, coordinates preservation program planning, and recommends rules and regulations necessary to carry out its purpose. It reviews applications for new construction, exterior alteration, additions, and demolitions for the buildings in Albany's four National Register of Historic Districts (over 800 buildings) as well as roughly 80 additional buildings outside of the districts on the local historic inventory. The commission also assists the City’s preservation planners in developing and conducting educational workshops and other preservation-related activities, such as the Historic Preservation Awards.

Landmarks Commissioners and City Staff are familiar with historic rehabilitation and restoration projects, and offer consultations and on-site visits. Before beginning any exterior renovation project that would change the appearance, material, or character of a historic structure, please contact the Albany Community Development Department to discuss your project and schedule site visits.

Upcoming Meetings

December 18, 2019, 6:00pm
Municipal Courtroom, City Hall

January 8, 2020, 6:00pm
Municipal Courtroom, City Hall

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Staff Liaison

Laura LaRoque
Planner II


Term of office: 3 years

David Abarr
History, architecture, and woodworking/restoration
1/11/2017Ward 1-b12/31/20192nd
Larry Preston
Construction industry
1/11/2017Ward 2-b12/31/20192nd
Bill Ryals VC
1/11/2017Ward 3-b12/31/20192nd
Keith Kolkow
Albany Downtown Association
Jolene Thomson
1/10/2018Ward 1-a12/31/20202nd
Cathy LeSeur
Former museum board member
1/23/2019Ward 2-a12/31/20212nd
Kerry McQuillin C1/23/2019Ward 3-a12/31/20212nd

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C = Chair, VC = Vice Chair

Meeting Materials

DateAgendaApproved MinutesAudio
December 18, 2019 PDF   
November 6, 2019 PDF   MP3 
October 2, 2019
(Meeting canceled)
PDF n/an/a 
September 4, 2019 PDF PDF MP3 
August 7, 2019 PDF PDF MP3 
July 10, 2019 PDF PDF MP3 
April 17, 2019 PDF PDF MP3 
April 3, 2019 PDF PDF MP3 
March 6, 2019 PDF PDF MP3 
February 6, 2019 PDF PDF MP3 
January 2, 2019 PDF PDF MP3