Schenectady’s oldest extant religious building, St. George’s Church, sits in the center of the Stockade Historic District in Schenectady, New York. As Schenectady was settled and dominated by Dutch settlers, English settlers began moving to the riverfront town, due to its rich fur trade and opportunity. With the growth of English residents, a church where the services were conducted in the English language became necessary. The blossoming congregation hired architect Samuel Fuller, who arrived to Schenectady from Boston in 1758, at the height of the French and Indian War. Ground was broken on the stunning Gothic church in 1759 and it was finally completed in 1763, delayed due to fighting nearby. The church was originally more modest for the smaller congregation, but underwent a large building campaign in the mid 1800s thanks to Reverend William Payne. He oversaw the construction of a new parish house, a new rectory, as well as two successive expansions of the church and the addition of a stone tower and spire to the west front of the church, giving it the appearance we see today. The congregation is still highly active and maintains the building beautifully to this day.
I’m very curious why the featured buildings in Schenectady are all either downtown or in the Stockade. I’m not denying their merits, but . . . there’s a little neighborhood just up the hill from the Stockade with a Lot of beautiful historical houses that are over 100 years old. It’s called the G.E. Plot, and it was started when the G.E. research department was starting up. No mill hands here – it was meant for the engineers who would be doing research for G. E.
There are probably well preserved examples of the mill hands’ housing that was built up the hill from the G.E. plant, but you may not be interested in That kind of architecture.
I do wonder, though, why the G.E. Plot has Not been included in your wonderful website.
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Because I literally was driving through and only knew of the Stockade and Nott Memorial, so had to prioritize my time on places I knew about. I had never been to Schenectady before but want to go back!
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I go to that church
Awesome! How’s the interior?