Chimneys of Albany

Albany Chimney #8

Albany Chimney #8

The leaning, the straight. The clean and symmetrical, the organic mess. Squared, rounded, rock, brick, plastered. These are the fireplace chimneys of Albany.

I would hate to apply a misleading name to something. Looking on the web and within Flickr, “fireplace” seemed like it would be more misleading than “chimney” which is also a little snappier. If there is a better word for referring to the exterior structure of the fireplace and chimney on a residential home, please let me know.

In any case, it seems that these houses, like most of the houses in Albany, were built by a builder named Charles M. MacGregor. Around here, a necessary and sufficient condition for dubbing a house “a MacGregor” is that it has the following floor plan: split level with garage at grade, main living area up about 8 steps, and two bedrooms and a bath above the garage. The master bedroom is right over the garage looking out towards the street, followed by a bathroom , followed by another bedroom overlooking the back. I suspect this can’t be a correct definition, but it works well with the rest of the local MacGregor mythology. Me, I look for whimsical chimneys.

I’ll try to dig more on the man and the myth soon.

  • Nice Neo. where are the other 7 chimneys?

    Here’s another ,a href=”http://www.davidsanger.com/stockimages/0-0-87.chimney”>Albany Chimney

  • Nice Neo. where are the other 7 chimneys?

    Here’s another ,a href=”http://www.davidsanger.com/stockimages/0-0-87.chimney”>Albany Chimney

  • Nice Neo. where are the other 7 chimneys?

    Here’s another Albany Chimney

  • Nice Neo. where are the other 7 chimneys?

    Here’s another Albany Chimney

  • neoblog

    Hi David,

    Thanks. That’s a very nice detail shot. I like the curving abstractness of it.

    Hey, what other 7 chimneys?

  • neoblog

    Hi David,

    Thanks. That’s a very nice detail shot. I like the curving abstractness of it.

    Hey, what other 7 chimneys?