1874 townhouse: questions

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1874 townhouse: questions

Postby michaelcrook on Tue Nov 01, 2016 11:22 am

We rent an apartment in a house that was built in 1874 by a very prominent man in Albany, NY. It has since been converted to three separate apartments. I believe that renovation took place in the 1930's, but I am unsure. I am waiting for the city clerk to advise whether they kept building permits going back that far.

I also found a push-button light switch that powers the light in the vestibule. The painting of the house number matches that of houses up and down my street. So maybe one guy or team of people just went up and down, painting old-timey house numbers? It looks like late 1800's work to me.

As for the switch, I'm trying to nail down roughly when it was put in as it is definitely an afterthought, added to the frame of the doorway. Around what time did they start and stop using push-buttons?

Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.
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