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The Paine Mansion

The John Paine Mansion was constructed in 1896. At the completion of construction, it was the most expensive home in Troy, NY; with estimated construction cost of $800,000.


John Paine left the home to his son following his death. The John Paine Mansion was eventually bequeathed to Russell Sage College in downtown Troy, NY. Russell Sage College used the home for art & music classes, & as an alumni house from 1940 - 1951. During the 1940s, the Pi Kappa Phi chapter of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute owned a home in the center of the Russell Sage College campus. In 1951, in order to create a contiguous campus, Russell Sage College struck a deal with the Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, Alpha Tau Chapter to give up their chapter house on the Russell Sage Campus in exchange for the John Paine Mansion & $10,000.


John Paine

The John Paine Mansion is a testament to very ornate & intricate architectural styling. The facade of the structure is magnificent, representing that of a Castle. The interior of the building is a mesmerizing journey into history. The structure itself has been preserved as much as possible to maintain many of the original historical appearances and details. The interior boasts features such as a Ballroom made with imported Italian marble walls, intricately carved woodwork throughout, & a number of stained glass windows. Some of the original furniture has also been preserved, & is staged & featured during the annual Downtown Troy's Victorian Stroll.


Of note, the John Paine Mansion made it's silver screen debut when it served as a filming location for Martin Scorsese's 1993 Academy Award winning film, The Age of Innocence.


The property is included in the Central Troy Historical District, which is included in the National Register of Historic Places Program. The house has also been designated as a New York State Historical Landmark.