Stockade Historic District Comprehensive Streetscape Plan
Schenectady, New York
The Stockade District, founded in 1661 and named after the fence that surrounded the original community, was the birth-place of the City of Schenectady. With its narrow streets and eclectic architecture, the district has buildings dating back to the 18th century. In 1957, the Stockade Association was founded to preserve, protect, and improve the neighborhood. The City of Schenectady passed an ordinance in 1962 establishing the neighborhood as a historic district (the first in the state of New York). The Stockade was listed as a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.
In an effort to preserve and enhance the public realm the Stockade Association initiated a process to develop a comprehensive streetscape design program. The planning team of Ingalls Planning & Design and Planning4Places was retained to develop the plan. The plan included extensive participation, a street tree inventory, street typology, and associated design standards. An emphasis was placed on the use of historic materials including the re-use of the existing slate and brick pavers, where possible.
The Stockade Historic District Comprehensive Streetscape Plan won a Best Practice Award from the American Planning Association - Upstate New York Chapter.