H.B. Massey Building Circa 1910

68 Milton Ave

 More than an apartment

 

The H.B. Massey Building is more than just a unique apartment-  it's a spacious  home in a downtown neighborhood, and any good neighborhood comes with amenities. When we renovated  the H.B. Massey Building, we combined history and convenience.

 

 

       Photo by Jennifer Savino

Coffee Shops & Restaurants

The Coffee Planet

The Iron Roost

The Whistling Kettle

The Sunset Cafe

Next Door Kitchen & Bar

Zest

Henry's

 

 

Antique Shopping

Front Street Home

Ye Old Wishing Well

Ballston Spa Antique Center

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Explore Downtown

An easy walk to a local banks, post office, dental offices, Brookside Museum, National Bottle Museum,  yoga studio, floral shops, restaurants, shopping, day spa, mineral springs, quilt shop, bead store and parks. Live music performed on "First Fridays".

Minutes to historic Saratoga Springs, Saratoga Race Course, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Museum of Dance, The Great Escape, and the Adirondack Mountains.

 

“Intentional living is the art of making our own choices before others' choices make us.” 
― Richie Norton


Photo by Jennifer Savino

Living it up in Saratoga County

 

We believe a city home shouldn't be gated or fenced in – it should seamlessly meld into its surroundings. That's why we chose Saratoga County's beautiful town of Ballston Spa  for our location. The H.B. Massey Building is an unforgettable home in the heart of a charming community. 

 

 
 

 

 

In 1910 the H. B. Massey Building was a bowling alley and restaurant.  Named after its owner, Herbert Massey, this social club welcomed men and women to unwind and forget their worries. Three lanes were located at each end of the building. A bowler, using a hand -held ball, would knock down duck pins or candle stick pins steadied by a "pin boy".  The foot pedal located under the floor reset the hardware holding the pins. Small bowling alleys like this were common in the 1900's and several existed on Milton Ave in 1910.

Mr. Massey and his contemporaries, Richard Canfield and Cale Mitchell, owned and operated illegal gambling houses in Saratoga Springs in the late 1800's and early 1900's. In 1901 the Herbert House Hotel, a three story wooden structure at this location, burned completely. In 1902 a crack-down on  pool halls and gambling houses forced Mr. Massey to find other money making opportunities, which led to the restaurant and bowling enterprise.

 The Massey Cafe and Bowling, created of sturdy brick and tin, was open for business by 1910. The cafe was often the subject of  local newspapers  as it was a common gathering place for politicians, bridal parties and business meetings.  Herbert Massey and his stepson, Louis Holden, were highlighted in the newspapers as they were people of interest and often controversy.

The fir floors, mosaic tile and tin ceilings are original to the building.  In addition to discovering bowling lanes under 1940's linoleum, another fantastic find occurred when a 1910 baseball card depicting Edward Cicotte was excised from the floor during repair. Baseball cards were commonly placed in cigarette packs during this time and are still collected today.

Intensive restoration have resulted in an unusual space of quiet beauty that echoes days of long ago.

 

 

 

The H.B. Massey Building is 2,100 square feet located on the second floor. It includes a large modern kitchen with microwave, dishwasher, refrigerator, stove, laundry room, 2 bedroom and 2 full baths. The claw foot tub and lighting are from the early 1900's era. The showers boast new subway tile and period fixtures.

Included are security system with key fob and off street parking for added convenience.

The H. B. Massey Building may be leased for a specific event such as a business meeting or art show. The space may be leased for one year.

 

Please inquire for rates.