JC Penney Building

The restored facade

The restored facade

A view of the building from the sidewalk

A remodel in the 1940's enlarged the mezzanine and removed the central stair. We built this new stair to replicate the original design.

A photograph of the building during a parade in the 1920's

An interior view of the building as it was originally built, including the grand staircase, and a large skylight.

The Wallace Building was built in 1915 to house a JC Penney department store, and is a prominent building in Albany's historic downtown. This purpose of this project was to restore the facade to its original character, while remodeling the interior to allow for several tenants to use the space, including a large restaurant, a salon and several offices.

For this project we applied to have the building added to the National Register of Historic Places, witch provided the client with several opportunities for tax benefits to help finance the project. This made it possible for us to do a very thorough restoration of facade as well as restoring several of the interior features, such as the main grand staircase, that had been lost in previous remodels.
The project also included a full seismic upgrade and brought the building into compliance with current accessibility and energy codes.