Troy, Ny is a city rich with history and intrigue – from the Industrial Revolution to the emergence of the Technological Revolution, it has found itself uniquely situated as a stage for worldwide transformation. The AICoE is dedicated to contributing to that legacy of transformation.
The AICoE is located in the heart of downtown Troy, and has a unique history of it’s own. Follow the timeline below to learn more about 19 3rd St, and the ongoing evolution of this space
Construction of the 1st Troy, NY Masonic Lodge began in 1871. The original building occupied the spaces between 15-17 3rd Street. The Architect commissioned was Leopold Eidlitz. The carpentry contract was given to William J Howes, while Jacobs + Nicholls held the masonry contract.
Construction of Troy’s first Masonic Temple is completed. The first meeting is held on April 4, 1872 and the Cornerstone is laid in August. The building is used by the Troy Masonic Hall Association which covered several Masonic bodies within the city of Troy including the Blue Lodges, Royal Arch Chapters, Knights Templar, The Scottish […]
During the period of 1872-1924 the building was occupied by several business and masonic entities. The 1st floor of the building was rented out to Boston based retailer,Maynard, Nourse & Company. The 2nd floor to carpet dealers Flagg, King & Blakeman’s. The 3rd floor held reception and committee rooms, the library and lodge rooms for […]
The original building of the Troy Masonic Hall Association was destroyed by fire on February 4, 1924. The fire destroyed the temple and the library which housed invaluable records and regalia.
Construction of the new Masonic building begins in 1927 at the 19 3r street location. The land was purchased from Henrietta Cramer. The architects commissioned to build the new structure were Morgan + Milliman who broke ground in November of 1927.
The construction of the new Masonic Hall at 19 3rd St is completed.
The Masonic Hall continues to host various local lodges and Masonic events.
On December 6, 1957 the Masonic Hall caught fire, damaging the main staircase as well as precious ceremonial items and decorations. Clayton Allendorph, the nightwatchman passed away on the second floor of the building due to suffocation from the smoke. The first started in the back of the Young Folks Shop near the entrance of […]
The restored Masonic Hall formally reopens on Monday, June 9 1958 and the opening was celebrated with an Open House attended by 1000 visitors from around the state. Full renovations and decor were completed in May of the 1958 including the restoration of a prized grandfather clock that was damaged in the fire. The restoration […]
The newly renovated Masonic Hall continued to be used by various lodges and chapters within the local Masonic Community up until 1973, when the building was then purchased by Urban Renewal. The Mason’s relocated to a Temple on Brunswick Rd.
Since the purchase of the Masonic Hall in 1973 by Urban Renewal, the building has been under the ownership of Rensselaer County and has housed the county senior center, providing meals and services to Troy’s senior community.
In 2019 the building was purchased from Rensselaer County to house the AI Center of Excellence – the Capital Region hub for AI-Focused projects and initiatives. The building will house an AI Cafe, Hardware Lab, Offices, Meeting and Event Center and encourage local partnerships with various companies, non-profit entities, educational and research institutions and start-ups. […]