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Schenectady County Chamber buys Gillette House

Dr. Gillette was the first woman physician in Schenectady. She was a suffragette and the first Upstate woman elected to the state Assembly in 1919.

Located at the corner of Union and North College Streets, Dr. Gillette's home was built in 1850. The home is unique because it is one of the only Italianate style homes in the Stockade and serves as a gateway to the historic district.

The Gillette House has been vacant since 1994 and since then has significantly deteriorated. The County bought the property from an absentee owner in 2001.

Chairwoman of the Schenectady County Legislature Susan Savage said the Gillette House's location is perfect for Schenectady's visitor's center.

"We have worked to make sure our historic district is well represented, and I want to thank everyone for their efforts to restore this historic building and put it to good use in Schenectady County," Savage said.

Farley said the newly renovated Gillette House would be an important asset in promoting both the city and county of Schenectady.

"The restoration and reuse of the Gillette House and Millington property is an exciting project, which preserves a historic building and creates an attractive gateway to Schenectady's historic Stockade neighborhood," he said.

Mayor Brian Stratton said he lived across the street from the Gillette House when he first moved back to Schenectady.

"I have watched it fall to disrepair over the years and have never understood and appreciated what a wonderful treasure it is," he said.

Stratton also announced his plans for a $14.5 million redevelopment of the Erie Boulevard corridor, which he said will one day become the Erie Edison Technology Corridor.

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