Schenectady in Schenectady County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Hotel Van Curler
Has been placed on the
Of Historic Places
By the United States
Department of the Interior
Location. 42° 48.886′ N, 73° 56.976′ W. Marker is in Schenectady, New York, in Schenectady County. Marker is at the intersection of Washington Ave and State Street (New York State Route 5), on the right when traveling south on Washington Ave. Touch for map. The plaque is mounted to the front of the building, under the large portico, left of the main entrance, which faces Washington Ave. . Marker is at or near this postal address: 78 Washington Ave., Schenectady NY 12305, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. M-7 Day (within shouting distance of this marker); Schenectady (was within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported missing. ); Southwest Corner of Stockade (within shouting distance of this marker); Clench's Tavern (within shouting distance of this marker); John Glen House 1740 (was about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line but has been reported missing. ); Robert Sanders House 1750 First Mill (about 700 feet away); Arendt Van Curler (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Schenectady.
Regarding Hotel Van Curler. The Hotel Van Curler was named after Arent Van Curler. In 1662 Van Curler, (later van Corlaer) founded Schenectady on land he purchased from the Mohawk Indians. He was known for his fair dealings with the Indians, negotiating disputes and arranging for captives to be freed. The Hotel Van Curler was constructed in 1925 as part of a civic pride movement that developed at the height of Schenectady's most prosperous and optimistic period, the hotel is historically important as the first of five major Neoclassical public buildings erected in the city between 1925-1933. Its construction was financed by two of the city's major employers, The American Locomotive Company and the General Electric Company, the Chamber of Commerce and over 1,000 citizens. ALCo & GE contributed $300,000 between them toward the $700,000 needed for construction. The newly formed Chamber of Commerce raised almost $84,000 from its own members. The building and furnishings cost $1,100,000. The Hotel Van Curler, now Elston Hall of Schenectady county Community
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