Flexible Workspace + Community
Troy Innovation Garage offers members access to a service-oriented, hyper-charged coworking ecosystem featuring open work spaces bustling with energy, private office suites, group meeting and conference rooms. We serve the Capital Region’s creative class, including startup companies and organizations, solopreneurs, and remote workers in a fully renovated building in Downtown Troy, NY.
Troy Innovation Garage occupies 14,000 square feet of incredibly designed space and occupies the entire building located close to all that is happening in and around Troy. Software engineers, web designers, graphic artists, marketers, engineers, and a mix of professionals call Troy Innovation Garage home. The space has been meticulously designed and furnished to meet every need of busy creatives.
Troy Innovation Garage is a key sponsor of the Alliance for the Creative Economy (ACE), NYS Economic Development Council and a member of Innovate518, organizations dedicated to growing opportunities for the creative class and improving our region’s startup culture.
Troy Innovation Garage has become a platform for members to connect to business opportunities of all kind – from new clients to mentorship to funding.
Members have access to weekly programs and events ranging from peer leadership to professional development to social functions. We attract a high quality of speakers and presenters, with many opportunities for business networking.
A Brief History of 22-24 4th Street
The history of Troy NY is rich with stories of innovation and creativity. Named for the ancient city of Homeric fame, Troy was one of the most prosperous cities in America throughout 19th century and into the 20th century. Its rise as an industrial leader was bolstered by the production of iron and steel and its central location at the headwaters of the Hudson River and the beginning of the Erie Canal. The history of Troy is filled with stories of ingenuity, from the precision surveying instruments developed by W. & L. E. Gurley to the shirt collars and cuffs manufactured by Cluett Peabody & Company, Inc. That industry earned the city the moniker “The Collar City,” and it produced one of America’s pioneering labor leaders, Kate Mullany.
During the Civil War, Troy was the Silicon Valley of the day. The vast majority of the horseshoes for the cavalry of the Union Army were produced here, as were the iron armor plates for the U.S.S. Monitor. One of America’s wealthiest men, Stephen Van Rensselaer, also founded what would become Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the city in 1824, and Emma Willard’s influence led to the creation of Emma Willard School and Russell Sage College, both leaders in the education of women. Troy’s place in American cultural lore is boosted by the city’s renown as home to Uncle Sam and where “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” was first published. Herman Melville wrote his first two novels, Typee and Omoo, while residing in the city as well.
Downtown Troy is full of inspirational architecture and sweeping vistas of the Hudson River. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church was fully renovated by the Tiffany Glass & Decorating Company and is one of only four buildings with full Tiffany interiors still intact today.
Troy Innovation Garage is located in a building that was rebuilt in late 1862 after “Troy’s Great Fire.” A spark from a train ignited the wooden bridge that spanned the Hudson River, and heavy winds carried flames throughout downtown, quickly destroying 75 acres and 670 buildings. The devastating fire caused around $3 million in damages, which is the equivalent of $8 billion in damages today.
In the early 1900’s the building was home to Troy Automobile Exchange, one of America’s most successful automobile dealerships. The exchange sold Buffalo-built Pierce Arrows as well as equipment, and served as a repair shop and storage facility. The inspiration for the Garage came from this era of the building’s past, a time when Troy was one of America’s up & coming cities.