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Madison Avenue
Apartments Renovation

Albany, NY

C2 was retained for the full, gut renovation design of four apartment buildings (534, 536, 538, and 540) on Madison Avenue in Albany, New York. There are a total of 16 units, most of the layouts being two-bedroom apartments.

The scope of work included upgrades to the exterior while preserving the building's historic elements. The exterior was reviewed by the Historic Review Committee.

  1. Industry: Housing

  2. Year Completed: 2020

  3. Size: 

    534 Madison: 2,715 SF (905 SF/Floor); 3 stories / 3 units

    536 Madison: 3,468 SF (1,156 SF/Floor); 3 stories / 3 units

    538 Madison: 2,580 SF (860 SF/Floor); 3 stories / 3 units

    540 Madison: 6,368 SF (1,592 SF/Floor); 4 stories / 7 units

  4. Services Provided:
    Architectural Design
    Construction Drawings
    Construction Administration


When I decided to take on yet another Albany project, there was no hesitation or doubt that I was going to utilize my Trusted Partners and friends at C2 Design Group.

This one was different than the other two. It involved the gut historical renovation of four, row houses (534, 536, 538, and 540) on Madison Avenue. There are now a total of 16 units, most of the layouts being two-bedroom apartments.

C2 really sharpened their pencils and did their homework. They helped me navigate the review by the Historic Review Committee, ensuring that the historic elements of each building were properly preserved. The interiors are brand new following the brand design of the previous Reserve projects. The exteriors have been 100% stunningly restored.

The Park South Neighborhood Association has commended the project and everyone who walks by stops to give overwhelmingly positive feedback.

— Ron Stein, Owner/Developer


Paint colors were matched to the existing, the brick was cleaned and repointed, and new front doors were selected to replicate the original aesthetic. All exterior trim remained and was painted. The exterior wood stairs were also replaced with new wrought iron railings to match the original railings. Other design alterations included new framing, windows and doors, and mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems.