Exploring Albany's inglorious past and dubious future

What Was There: 1065 Madison Avenue

1065 Madison Avenue (across from the Madison Theater) was built in 1885 and initially described as a “villa.” Mrs. Helen Breslin lived there in the 1920’s and 1930’s. In 1927, she turned part of her home into a restaurant, which appears to have lasted no longer than a year. The address then reverted to a residence, until the 1950’s, when it housed the offices of a general practitioner (Dr. Betts) and, in the late ’60s, a chapter of the American Red Cross. Mrs. Breslin, who died in 1962, was the grandmother of Albany County Executive Michael Breslin, State Senator Neil Breslin, and County Court Judge Thomas Breslin.breslin

1065 Madison Avenue today (April, 2017), just a residence.


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