Albany is credited by historians and architects with having the most varied collection of historic buildings in Oregon. This collection includes styles from the 1840s through the late 1920s and is concentrated within an area of approximately one hundred square blocks. Four Albany Historic Districts are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Albany’s historic collection includes everything from the colorful Queen Annes, the “painted ladies” of historic homes to the Craftsman Bungalows that feature a variety of natural materials. The home of Albany’s founders, the pioneer-era Monteith House, has been restored with period-correct detail and serves a as a house museum. You can take a self-guided tour of historic districts any time, or visit during the annual Christmas Parlour Tour for a peek inside the lovingly-restored homes. Albany is also home to museums, antique shops and over 700 historic buildings; outside the city lies a loop of picturesque covered bridges. A visit to Albany is an experience rich in pioneer history and charm.
Photo by Bill Origer