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6 Facts You Probably Don’t Know About Albany, Schenectady, and Troy, New York Brownstones

6 Facts You Probably Don’t Know About Albany, Schenectady, and Troy, New York Brownstones

Oftentimes, you'll hear people using the term "brownstone" to incorrectly describe any old townhouse, regardless of the material used in its construction. Sometimes even experience real estate agents get it wrong. So, what true is a brownstone?

#1 A real brownstone is made of brick, only the facade is brownstone.

Brownstone is a kind of sandstone that's known to vary in color depending on the location where it was quarried. It can be purple, red orange, or pink in color.

A brownstone home will always have brick at its core. Stone featured on a brownstone is a veneer that's attached to the front brick wall using raw metal ties. Schist was used to construct the foundations of the homes, with the upper floors having window sills, door surrounds, lintels, and stoops made out of stone.

#2 Brownstone was picked for being plentiful.

Availability was a big deciding factor behind the use of brownstone in Albany, NY; Troy, NY; and Schenectady, NY. The heyday of brownstone in the area ran from the 1870s through the 1980s as it was very easy to come by in nearby New Jersey and Connecticut quarries.