2014 Dine by Design – Presented by the Junior League of Troy, NY

Dine by Design - Storied Spaces (Junior League of Troy, NY)

You’re Invited!

Sunday, May 4, 2014 • 1 PM to 4 PM


The Junior League of Troy is hosting its second annual “Dine by Design” fundraiser featuring historic spaces in downtown Troy and the story behind the facade.


These spaces currently include the famed Uri Gilbert House on Washington Park home to Pam & Warren Abele, stately residence of Russell Sage President Susan Scrimshaw, home and renovated carriage house of Attorney Jack Casey, painstakingly restored post fire residence of Joyce & John Chupka, and the eclectic Charles F. Lucas Confectionery & Wine Bar.


Local food & drinks will be featured at each location. Donors include:  Brunswick BBQ, Charles F. Lucas Confectionery, Chatham Brewing, Lo Porto Ristorante Caffe, The Malt Room, MJM World Imports, Mudaddy Flats and Sweet Sue’s.


The Rensselaer County Historical Society will feature the Junior League of Troy’s 85 years of service to our community.


Proceeds from the event will benefit the Junior League of Troy’s efforts to improve childhood literacy in our community.


Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for students and children 12 and under are free.


Receipts must be redeemed for a wristband at the Rensselaer County Historical Society at 57 Second Street. While there, be sure to visit the Junior League of Troy’s retrospective of 85 years of service to our community.


Presale tickets available at dinebydesign.eventbrite.com  


or purchase the day of the event at the Rensselaer County Historical Society 57 Second Street, Troy, New York

Many Thanks to Our Sponsors:

Tri City RentalsSpiral Design StudioHilton Gardne Inn, Troy, NY


Our Honorary Committee members:
Bryce Funeral Home
Doug and Kyle Belokopitsky
Alisa Henderson
Michelle Hogan
Elaine Grimm
Caroline Melkonian
Nancy Niles
Karen Peterson
Wendy Prout
Pam Reger
Sybil Ross
Stephanie Stewart
C. Andre Sullivan
The Junior League of Troy’s Dine by Design: Storied Spaces features the following spaces in downtown Troy and the story behind each facade:

  • 12 Second Street – Charles F. Lucas Confectionery & Wine Bar – From 1863 to 1951 this was the site of the Charles F. Lucas Confectionery that was long vacant until the current owners Heather LaVine and Vic Christopher purchased the building and lovingly restored it into an eclectic wine bar.  The owners have artfully combined contemporary and period details into a truly unique space.
  • 47 Second Street – Home and renovated carriage house of attorney and author, Jack Casey – This stunning Victorian with roots back to 1820, is currently home to attorney and noted author Jack Casey, who has improved upon earlier renovations and added an elegant private office and sitting room that captures the importance of the Hudson River to Troy’s history. Also highlighted will be the rare and wholly intact second-story stable in the carriage house.
  • 46 First Street (Congress) – Vail House – Home of Sage President Susan Scrimshaw and Allen Stern – One of Troy’s earliest prestigious homes, this c. 1818 Federal style home is now the residence of Russell Sage president Susan Scrimshaw and Allen Stern. Prominent owner George Vail was president of the Merchants and Mechanics’ Bank from 1829 to 1851, a city alderman, the first director of the Rensselaer & Saratoga Railroad and was affiliated with the Troy Steamboat Company.
  • 149 Second Street – Home of Joyce and John Chupka – This three-story 1850s Italianate-style Victorian brownstone has again been painstakingly restored after a devastating fire in 2010. The undeterred homeowners began anew and the home now boasts handpainted ceilings throughout, a restored main staircase and a new kitchen.
  • 189 Second Street – Home of Pam and Warren Abele – Prominently located in the heart of Troy’s Washington Park, this home was originally owned by renowned railroad care and coachmaker, Uri Gilbert and his wife Frances. More recently, the home was the site of the Renssleaer County Council on the Arts (now known as the Arts Center of the Capital District). The homeowners have meticulously restored the home to its former magnificence.
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