A is for Architrave, B is for Balustrade


A is for Architrave, B is for Balustrade

Written and illustrated by Cara Macri

Find out what escutcheons, jambless fireplaces, and oriel windows are with this clever alphabet book of architectural elements, brightly illustrated for children and parents of all ages to enjoy. Before you know it, you will be looking for fanlights, balusters, and quoins hiding in your neighborhood. All illustrations are details from real buildings in Albany, New York. No building appears twice!

Our colleague Cara Macri is an artist and historic preservationist. She has been the Director of Preservation Services at Historic Albany Foundation for 12 years. Her current preservation obsession is the restoration of the 1728 Van Ostrande-Radliff House.

When not focusing on historic buildings, Cara lives with her husband and brood of three children in their 1870s home in Troy, New York. In the summer months, she can be found canning and gardening. In the cooler months, she is often baking something rainbow sprinkled with her children. Scones are their favorite.

NOTE: Available for local pickup only at Landmark Society’s offices, 5 Castle Park. We will notify you via e-mail when your order is ready.

10 in stock

54 pages, 8 x 10 inches, 26 drawings. Written and illustrated by Cara Macri.

The Landmark Society of Western New York is at the forefront of recent accomplishments in improving our shared spaces as the leading voice for preserving our region’s architectural heritage and demonstrating that responsible development practices are the best strategies for securing healthy, livable, and sustainable living for all. However, none of our work would be possible without the support our members provide – indeed, membership giving is the single largest building block of our annual budget.

We hope that as a member in our organization that you have a shared sense of pride in our region’s progress – we simply couldn’t do it without you. Join or renew your membership today!

Supporting membership

Supporting Members receive the following membership benefits:

  • Invitation to The Landmark Society’s Annual Meeting Celebration
  • Free Admission to Stone-Tolan House Site and Ellwanger Garden
    (special events excluded)
  • Subscription to Landmarks Magazine
  • Reduced admission for tickets events
  • Priority registration to workshops, tours, and lectures

Supporting Members include:

  • Patron $100
  • Couple/Family $70
  • Government & Non-Profit $50
  • Individual $45
  • Individual Senior $40

premium membership

Premium Members receive all of the benefits of a Supporting Membership (listed below) plus additional benefits, depending on the Premium Membership level:

Pinnacle $2,000+

  • 2 House and Garden Tour tickets
  • 2 Inside Downtown Tour ticket
  • 2 Preservation Conference Tickets

Finial $1,500

  • 2 House and Garden Tour tickets
  • 2 Inside Downtown Tour ticket
  • 1 Preservation Conference Registration

Corinthian $1,000

  • 2 House and Garden Tour tickets
  • 2 Inside Downtown Tour ticket

Keystone $500

  • 2 House and Garden Tour tickets
  • 1 Inside Downtown Tour ticket

Cornerstone $250

  • 2 House and Garden Tour tickets

Pillar $150

  • 1 House and Garden Tour ticket

agent membership

This membership level is designated for licensed real estate agents in the Western New York Region. There are many benefits that are specifically tailored to realtors and their clients:

  • Free gifts for your clients:
    • 5 – Landmark Society family memberships
    • 5 – Landmark Society House & Garden Tour tickets
  • Recognition by Landmark Society that you are acknowledged as a
    supporter of The Landmark Society—an Agent member card.