77 Van Dam Street

77 Van Dam Street

Architecture and History of Saratoga blog series

by commercial REALTOR®, Olivia Huffman, and Professor James Kettlewell

Exterior of historic building at 77 Van Dam Street in Saratoga Springs, NY

Exterior of 77 Van Dam Street in Saratoga Springs, NY

Originally school number 2, the monumental building at 77 Van Dam Street was constructed circa. 1895, at the height of the Victorian building boom, during a famous period in Saratoga’s history.

The structure is monumental, with a solid rock-faced ground floor, greek key motifs in the entablature and three dormer windows at the top of the building.

Side view of the historic building at 77 Van Dam Street in Saratoga Springs New York

Side view of the historic building at 77 Van Dam Street

“This remarkable complex is a perfect example of construction during the Late Victorian phase,” says Professor James Kettlewell.  “Perhaps at no other time in American history, including the present, have structures been so solidly built. While techniques have changed, the choice, and quantity, of materials creates a gravitas that is rarely equaled.”

The building served as a school, originally heated with coal. The facility was modernized in 1970s, with HVAC, electrical, windows and roof work.

An interior stairway at 77 Van Dam Street in Saratoga Springs New York

An interior stairway at 77 Van Dam Street

Located at the end of Van Dam Street and just two blocks from Broadway, the building is an easy walk to City Hall, the Post Office and the City Center. Today, 77 Van Dam continues its 122+ year legacy as a hub of activity; it is home to a range of businesses including medical, educational and county offices.

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About the Authors

olivia huffman commercial real estate agent saratoga springs ny

Olivia Huffman is a commercial real estate agent at Roohan Realty with an interest in Saratoga’s history.  Agent profile | Linkedin

Professor James Kettlewell graduated from Harvard Magna Cum Laude honors in the field of American Architecture. He began teaching at Harvard University and was a professor at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs for many years. He was also the curator at the Hyde Museum in Glens Falls. His book on Saratoga architecture (pictured above) is available at Lyrical Ballad bookstore on Phila Street in downtown Saratoga Springs and on Amazon.  www.jameskettlewell.com | Get his book on Amazon

Stay tuned for another architecture and history post next month!


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