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Property Name Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) of Schenectady
Reference Number 15000854
State New York
County Schenectady
Town Schenectady
Street Address 9-13 State Street
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 12/1/2015
Areas of Significance SOCIAL HISTORY, ARCHITECTURE
Link to full file https://www.nps.gov/nr/feature/places/pdfs/15000854.pdf
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The Schenectady Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) Building is locally significant under Criterion A: Social History and Criterion C: Architecture. Completed in 1928, the Schenectady YMCA is associated with the national YMCA movement that spread throughout the United States during the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries with the mission to improve the spiritual, mental, social, and physical condition of young men. Locally, it is directly associated with the tremendous industrial and urban growth in Schenectady at that time. Starting in the second half of the nineteenth century, the city experienced a population boom, as workers and their families were attracted to training and jobs in the factories of ALCO, General Electric, and other important industries. With the support of progressive civic and corporate leaders, the local Young Men's Christian Association worked to provide the increasing numbers of boys and young men many who were new to the city and far from home and family' with a wholesome environment and healthy leisure activities and to mold them into morally upright citizens and employees. As an intact example of a purpose-built YMCA building from the 1920s, the Schenectady building is also associated with the national YMCA's efforts during the early twentieth century to standardize its building practices by merging facility planning at the national level with local architectural expression. With an exterior designed by the New York City firm Helmle and Corbett, the building's interior plan fully embodies the YMCA Building Bureau's standardized arrangement of spaces lobbies, social rooms, athletic facilities, a swimming pool, and dormitory rooms devised to function efficiently and programmatically as a "manhood factory." In 1968, the addition of more athletic facilities and the remodeling of some interior spaces also furthered programmatic goals as the Schenectady YMCA responded to the needs of the increasing number of family, as well as male, members. With the exception of a third set of modifications in 1992 (mostly limited to residential services on the second floor of the building), the Schenectady Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) Building retains extremely strong integrity within its period of significance, 1926-1968.

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