The GE Realty Plot is an historic neighborhood that has been on the National Register since 1980. The Schenectady Realty Company, a subsidiary corporation formed by General Electric principals and directors, purchased a 75-acre tract, called College Woods, from Union College, in 1899, for development of housing for General Electric’s senior scientists and employees. Deed restrictions stipulated, among other things, a minimum lot size, an original design and a minimum construction cost (roughly twice the average cost of homes elsewhere in the city, at that time).
The surveyor of this property said, in 1903, “We have here a suburban residential plot second-to-none between New York City and Chicago, either in layout, restrictions, or the class of houses upon it”. Several of these houses and gardens will be open to the public from 1-4 PM on Saturday and Sunday, June 6 and 7, 2009. Tickets are $20, in advance, and $25 at the door. They will be available at several venues.