NEB&W Guide to Troy, NY - Pawling Avenue

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Colonel Albert Pawling was Troy's first mayor, back in Revolutionary times.

Pawling Avenue is a broad street that starts at the top of Congress and heads southeast. Many fine homes, all detached (no rowhouses) still line the thoroughfare. This section will only hit a few of the high spots. (Many of the houses are also shown in the various sections on types of architecture.)

I'm dividing this section into east and west in terms of which side of the street a building is on. Even numbers are west, odd nos. east.

General Views

  • Early postcards.

Unknown Houses

  • I'm slowly resolving where each of these houses is.

West Side

  • Even numbered addresses.

At The Poestenkill

No. 14 Pawling

  • A bungalow style house on the corner of Linden Ave. (Not a true bungalow but small like one.)

Intersection of Linden Ave.

Intersection of Balsam Ave.


  • Somewhere across from the cemetery. The round-top paired-windows and brackets in the gable are the main features. The roof isn't that shallow, although it is somewhat shallower than on most houses. (Hmmm, they also used a round window in the gable so maybe this feature isn't that unique.)

No. 52 Pawling

  • Mansard-roofed building still standing.

No. 80 Pawling

  • Again on Pawling, closer to Congress. Another house that likely lost its tower roof. The aluminum or vinyl siding obscures some details.

Intersection of Sheldon Ave.

Intersection of Whitman Court

No. 167 Pawling

  • Another house on Pawling Ave. This has the classic Queen Anne candlesnuffer tower offset, and balanced by the dormer-bay on the left. The semi-circular window in the bay gable sits just over the wider middle window the three windows, sort of suggesting a Palladian window, the same way as on the end of the Revell station. The windows have an elongated diamond pattern in the upper sash, a Ruskin approach to suggest medieval diamond panes. Use of rough-cut stone on the first floor, with frame above, is also typical Ruskinian/Queen Anne, but in this case the stone is just limited to the porch. The porch columns are Doric columns, heralding the incoming Colonial Revival.

Intersection of Terrace Place

No. 173 Pawling

  • Yet another house on Pawling Ave. This paint scheme is not authentic - when built, they would have used a two-tone scheme with perhaps a third bright color used for small bits of trim.

No. 212 Pawling

  • A building on Pawling Avenue also (but not quite) has a mansard roof, the distinction being no dormers.

No. 276 Pawling

  • Craig Bryce said this was built in 1904 for Max Goodkind, who owned a dry goods store in downtown. In 1968, it became Bryce Funeral Home Inc.

No. 278 Pawling

  • This mansion on Pawling, now a fraternity, is an example of the "L"-shape version of Italianate, with the tower set in the crux. (When new, I would guess the brick was painted, and the trim would have been a matching but darker shade, any color instead of white.) The round window in the gable is unique. This became a fraternity.
    Craig Bryce said that this house, now owned by him and Bryce Ventures LLC, was "built in 1870 by Adams, owners of a porcelain serving dish manufacturer. Bought the main house and the carriage house in the rear from the Gonyea's. As one of the tenants call it the 'Theme House', every holiday a different item in the cupola."

No. 284 Pawling

  • Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity.

No. 300 Pawling

  • Pi Lambda Phi.

No. 345 Pawling

  • Another Pawling Ave. house shows a more modest approach. Note the Palladian windows in the dormer, and the use of Doric columns for porch supports.

Further Out

East Side