July 1964 — Groundbreaking for St. Paul’s New Home on Hackett Boulevard

As St. Paul’s prepares for its 200th anniversary in 2027, we also have several other major anniversaries in the next few years. Next year marks the 50th anniversery of the consecration of the building on Hackett Boulevard, and I’d like to share some images of the construction of that building. Today, a snapshot of the groundbreaking on 26 July 1964. That’s the rector, Father McWilliam, on the left, with wardens Frederick Eckel and Raymond E. Foskett. Notice the sandy soil, and scrubby growth, typical of the area, I suppose. The photographer was facing east, so the rise in the background is the one now behind the building, between the church and Albany Leadership Charter High.

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