McCarthy Building (Troy, New York)

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McCarthy Building
Front (east) elevation, 2008
LocationTroy, NY
Coordinates42°43′54″N 73°41′30″W / 42.73167°N 73.69167°W / 42.73167; -73.69167Coordinates: 42°43′54″N 73°41′30″W / 42.73167°N 73.69167°W / 42.73167; -73.69167
ArchitectCharles Boland
Part ofCentral Troy Historic District (ID86001527)
NRHP reference No.70000430
Added to NRHP1970

The McCarthy Building is located on River Street on the west side of Monument Square in Troy, New York, United States. It was built in 1904 by Peter McCarthy,[2] president of Troy Waste Manufacturing Co., and remains in use as a commercial building.[3] In 1970 it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970, along with the nearby Cannon Building. Since 1986 it has also been a contributing property to the Central Troy Historic District.

It is five stories tall and three bays wide. The eastern (front) facade is done in terra cotta with details in iron and glass. The latter two materials are combined to create the building's most distinctive feature, the proscenium-style[4] arched window across the bottom two stories.[1]

The building was constructed in 1904 during an early 20th-century building boom in downtown Troy. It originally housed the R.C. Reynolds home furnishing store. The store's grand opening on September 16, 1904 was attended by a crowd of thousands. An article in the Troy Times praised the building calling it "one of the most attractive show buildings in the city".[5] It was almost demolished during urban renewal efforts in the late 1960s, but protests from residents and its listing on the Register helped to save it. In the 2000s, it became home to Light & Power Communications Ltd., a Capital District media company.[6] In 2020, the McCarthy Building was converted to luxury apartments.[7]


  1. ^ a b Waite, Diana (December 1969). "National Register of Historic Places nomination, McCarthy Building". New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Archived from the original on 2011-12-10. Retrieved 2008-11-06.
  2. ^ Brian Nielsen; Becky Nielsen (2001). Troy in Vintage Postcards. Arcadia Publishing. pp. 31–. ISBN 978-0-7385-0903-7.
  3. ^ Arthur James Weise (1891). Troy's One Hundred Years, 1789-1889. W.H. Young. p. 417.
  4. ^ Bernstein, Fred (2006-04-07). "Where the Finest Antiques Can't Be Bought". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Archived from the original on 2008-09-19. Retrieved 2008-11-07.
  5. ^ "Reynold's Store Open" (PDF). The Troy Times. Old Fulton Post Cards. September 17, 1904. Retrieved 2015-06-13.
  6. ^ DerGurahian, Jean (2000-04-21). "Media firm to call Troy's McCarthy building home". Albany Business Journal. American City Business Journals. Retrieved 2008-11-08.
  7. ^ Hornbeck, Leigh (2020-10-28). "Details add up for Troy apartment conversion". Times Union. Albany. Retrieved 2021-02-04.

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