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Hart-Cluett House Tours
Hours of Operation
Tours are held at 2pm, the second Saturday of the month March-November and by appointment.
Private tours can be scheduled, just give us a call at 518-272-7232.
Due to limited heat, no tours are offered in January.
THE HART-CLUETT HOUSE – 59 Second Street, Troy NY
Amid the 19th century rowhouses in the Second Street Historic District in downtown Troy sits a white marble house, completed in 1827, just as Troy was beginning its shift from a commercial to an industrial economy base. The Hart-Cluett House, as it is known today, was constructed for a businessman-banker’s family, the Harts, and sold six decades later to the Cluett family, a family who helped give Troy the nickname, “The Collar City.”
The marble-faced structure known as the Hart-Cluett House is one of the finest intact houses of the late Federal period in America. Constructed as a gift for his only child, Betsey Howard Hart, and her husband, Richard P. Hart, by wealthy New York merchant and banker William Howard, the house represents the best in design and craftsmanship of the period. The house was architecturally sophisticated, exhibiting many stylistic details associated with homes of the same period in New York City. The house was technologically advanced, as well, as evidenced by its heating and plumbing systems.
The Hart-Cluett house has survived virtually intact in Troy while its contemporaries in New York City have all been destroyed. One must come here to Troy to experience and understand what the finest houses in New York were like in the early 19th century.
From the completion of the house in 1827 until today, the house has had only four owners: the Harts, the George B. Cluetts, the Albert E. Cluetts and the Rensselaer County Historical Society. All have shown great respect for the house, and there has always been the realization that this marble-faced building was no ordinary structure.
In 1983, a collection of wooden trunks bearing Betsey Hart’s name on the outsides, were discovered at the Troy Savings Bank. These trunks held virtually all of Mrs. Hart’s bills and financial records for the majority of her years at the House.
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