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'Dine By Design' house tour to celebrate Troy architecture, food

The Uri Gilbert brownstone on Washington Park.
The Uri Gilbert brownstone on Washington Park.Rensselaer County Historical Society

Troy has long been known for its Victorian architecture, which regularly attracts filmmakers and artists and was the backdrop for many of Norman Rockwell's iconic paintings. In recent years, it also has become known for its food as well. On Sunday, the Junior League of Troy will host its 2nd annual "Dine By Design: Storied Spaces," a tour of historic houses plus a sampling of foods and beverages from the area that will be a nod to both attractions.

Food and beverage tastings will be provided by the Charles F. Lucas Confectionery & Wine Bar, LoPorto's Ristorante, MudDaddy Flats, The Malt Room and Sweet Sues, all of which are located in the city, in addition to Brunswick BBQ, Chatham Brewery and MJM World Imports, all located in nearby communities. Tickets are $25, $15 for students, and no charge for children 12 and under, and can be purchased at the Rensselaer County Historical Society on Sunday. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Junior League's efforts to improve childhood literacy

Homes on the tour will be the Washington Park house once occupied by the 19th Century carriage maker Uri Gilbert; the on-campus residence of the president of Russell Sage College; the renovated 2nd Street carriage house that is home to attorney Jack Casey; the 2nd Street brownstone home of Joyce and John Chupka they restored after a 2010 fire, and the Lucas Confectionery Wine Bar that is a recent example of commercial restoration. Details on each house are available online.

Attendees will receive a wristband and tour materials at the Historical Society, 57 Second Street, Troy, the starting point for the tour. There, they also will be able to view a retrospective of the Junior League's 85 years of community service.