For Immediate Release
Terry O’Brien, 518-285-9802
TROY, N.Y. — A Lansingburgh family aims to re-open the historic Trojan Hotel by this fall.
“Once the Trojan Hotel is back, then Troy is back,” said Donald O’Brien. “It’s one of the last landmark downtown buildings that needs fixing up.”
On Monday, Terry and Donald O’Brien, both 43, purchased the 19,269 square-foot building at 43 Third St. from Scott Sacci. They plan to re-establish O’Briens Public House this fall on the first floor of the hotel, which includes a ballroom in the rear. Next they plan to re-open the historic Trojan Taproom, a once popular rathskeller among city leaders, by December.
The O’Brien family — Donald, Terry, Ali and DJ — ran O’Briens Public House for 20 months at 443 Fifth Ave. in Lansingburgh until closing this June, when they announced plans to relocate the business and their residence downtown. Their Lansingburgh house burned to the ground in September. They plan to live above their new restaurant in the second and third floors of the original 19th century building.
The O’Briens are working with Jeff Buell, of Sequence Development, to explore the option of turning the upper levels of the 70-room circa 1915 hotel addition into storage units to serve the downtown community. Buell has been recently involved in the rehab of 9 First Street (“The Bindery”) and 207 Broadway (“The Clark House”).
“We know we have some big shoes to fill with this property. The DeGiorgio family, who ran the Taproom for many years, were legends,” Terry O’Brien said. “We have generational ties to this building, too, and we’re happy to bring it back into the family.”
Donald O’Brien’s godparents, the Toligians, owned the Trojan in the 1960’s. His parents first met at the hotel, then had their wedding reception and their 25th anniversary there.
RESTORATION FUND & SEEKING MEMORABILIA
For those wishing to contribute, the O’Briens have set up a restoration fund for the Trojan Hotel. Donors will receive different levels of recognition based on contribution.
“Troy is a tight-knit community of people who really care about our landmark buildings,” Terry O’Brien said. “People want to help, to contribute, and the restoration fund is our way for the community to feel a sense of ownership for this place.”
To learn more about the Trojan Hotel Restoration Fund, visit www.thetrojanhotelandtaproom.com or contact Terry O’Brien at 518-285-9802.
The couple also welcomes donations of any Trojan Hotel and Trojan Taproom memorabilia or photographs that people may have accumulated over the years.
ABOUT THE TROJAN HOTEL
Built in the 19th century, the building originally served as a bar, ballroom and residence. In the late 1800s, it was opened as a hotel. The name was changed to the Trojan Hotel in the early 20th century, when a 5-story addition was built in the rear, facing Franklin Alley. The building and popular taproom have changed hands several times throughout its history.
The DeGiorgio family ran the taproom from 1969 until 2003, when the city foreclosed on the building. They had stopped renting rooms several years earlier.
In 2004, Anthony Prezio, a relative of the DeGiorgios, wrote and performed and recorded an original musical, “An Evening at the Trojan Hotel.”
For high-resolution past and present images of the Trojan Hotel exterior and interior and mp3 recordings of Prezio’s music, visit: