In the back hall you will find the rear entrance of the home which would have led into the working courtyard of the estate. From maps and descriptions, we know that this courtyard included two twenty foot by twenty foot wing buildings - a public office and a nursery; likely for plants rather than children - the kitchens, and the "necessary" (outhouse). Other buildings were interconnected with these by a covered walkway or "shed" which extended from this back entrance, but 19th-century changes to the property left modern historians with little evidence of where precisely these buildings may have been during the Schuyler's residence. They included a "lumber loft", "fowl yard" (chicken houses), a "small room to warm in", a gardening shed for tools and seeds, an ice house, and a coach house. Reference to a room with an "ash hole" beneath may imply that a furnace for smithing was also available, or that this building was intended for soaking wood ashes to make lye, needed in the making of soaps.
|A scaled portion of a 1790s map of Albany|
shows less than half of Philip's estate,
including a 2 acre enclosed yard where
the labor for the house was done by
enslaved servants and laborers.
With the Front Entrance at Your Back:
Going backwards will bring you to the Central Hall
Left will bring you to the Library
Right will bring you to the Dining Chamber
The staircase will bring you upstairs into the Salon
Blue Chamber (Upstairs)
Yellow Chamber (Upstairs)
Green Chamber (Upstairs)