Uri Gilbert, the former mayor of Troy, once owned this mansion. Gilbert was a stagecoach and railway car manufacturer who hired Charles Nalle as a coachman. Nalle, a fugitive slave, was captured and later rescued by Harriet Tubman.
The Main house has 26 rooms total, including six bedrooms and six bathrooms. The building stands more than 55 feet wide. Upon entering the home, visitors will see a jaw dropping living room/ballroom that's more than 40 feet long with elaborate carved crown moldings and a 13-foot decorative ceiling with a crystal-bead chandelier. There's unique parquet and inlay flooring throughout the mansion, giving each room its own intricate design.
This home also has an in-law suite, a top floor apartment, garden apartment, and Carriage House loft apartment.
The house faces Washington Park, one of three privately owned urban parks in New York state (the others being Gramercy Park in Manhattan and Sunnyside Gardens Park in Queens).
From 1965 to 1999, the building served as the Arts Center of the Capital Region and its main floor was used as a gallery. In 2001, it became the Vanguard Designer Show house, hence some of the walls still have murals that were painted for the occasion.
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