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First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany



Sanctuary: Our sanctuary is known for its excellent acoustics and has a grand piano and a Carlson organ. Built in 1924 in Colonial style, the sanctuary has a barrel vault ceiling and tall arched windows. The room is light and airy in the day and glows softly at night. Up to 196 can be seated in the cushioned pews, plus another 14 in the choir pews at the front right. It has a sound system. Food and beverages are not permitted in this space.

Entering from the columned portico, one first enters a vestibule, and from there into the sanctuary facing the stage. The room is 30′ wide and 52′ long. The stage is raised 2′, and is 16′ wide at the front, 11.5′ wide at the back, and 8.5′ deep, with a moveable pulpit and a door to the sound room. The organ loft is located over the entry vestibule, and has enough space to accommodate several musicians or photographer/videographer. At the front left is the door connecting to the social hall and the rest of the building.

Community Hall, completed in September 2007, is located west of the Religious Education/Administration wing. This space can seat about 300 people in flexible seating for concerts or lectures, and is also suitable for dances and wedding receptions. A balcony above seats 42. The hall has a Steinway piano, a sound system, a wheelchair lift for access to the stage, and easy access to the pantry, kitchen, and lobby.

Channing Hall, located between the sanctuary and the Religious Education/Administration wing, is 30’x 45′ and has a hardwood floor suitable for dancing. This social space can seat 100 for a meal, or 150 lecture-style in flexible seating. It has a sound system, and connects to the pantry, kitchen, and lobby. One end has a south-facing bay window and comfortable seating; the other has large panels on which are displayed art shows throughout the year.

We have Classrooms which can be used for meetings or support groups. Two rooms have sofas, others have tables and chairs. The small rooms can seat 5-15 people, the large 15-25 people.

The Kitchen is available for preparing coffee and tea, for the serving of brought-in food, and for meal preparation. Rental of the kitchen at any of these levels does not include use of the church’s dishes, glassware and cutlery. Recently refurbished, the kitchen has stainless steel work surfaces; a commercial range, oven and top broiler; a clean sink area, and a scullery area with commercial dishwasher.

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