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17 Front Street - The Governor's Mansion

17 Front St, Schenectady, NY 12305

Property Description

17 Front Street bears a rich legacy of care and governance. Prior to 1661, the Mohawk Nation of the Haudenosaunee cared for this land in accordance with the Great Law of Peace (which helped shape the US Constitution). In 1760, Tobias Ten Eyck built this brick Georgian mansion where he resided with his wife, Rachel De Peyster, and their seven children. The mansion was purchased next by James Ellice, who lived there with his wife, Ann, until his untimely death. Ann remarried Joseph C. Yates, a lawyer, who built the one-story law office to the side of the building. He served as the first mayor of Schenectady (1798-1808), a NY state senator (1805-1808), a State Supreme Court justice (1808-1822), and the 7th governor of New York (1823–1825). During this time prominent guests stayed in the mansion including General Marquis de Lafayett and Aaron Burr. In 1941, the Harlow Family purchased the home, which became known as the University Club once the family began renting out rooms to General Electric engineers and hosting a swimming club in the backyard pool. Gil Harlow, a civil engineering professor at Union College, built the backyard greenhouse to cultivate his famous begonias.

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Chris LaFlamme

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17 Front St, Schenectady, NY 12305

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