McVeigh Funeral Home: Continuing a Reputation of Excellence

Funeral Home Renovation in Albany, NY

Located in downtown Albany, this historic building had a strong presence on a well-traveled cross street. However, the funeral directors expressed that the dated exterior and challenging layout were creating a confusing experience for visitors. Balzer and Tuck collaborated with them to understand the nuances of the funeral home, create new entrances to improve circulation, and design areas for visitors to gather and socialize.

“Balzer and Tuck’s ideas and suggestions on materials, design, and use has contributed in no small way to our continued distinguished reputation in the Capital Region.” – David A. Parente, Vice President & Funeral Director

Key Challenges and Solutions

  • With new rear and front entrances, visitors can easily distinguish where to park and where to enter. Visitors are also seamlessly directed inside the building as the entrances connect with the natural circulation spine of the interior.
  • The new covered entrance is flanked by a wrap-around sitting porch and a wood arbor to further guide guests to the main entry door.
  • At the rear entry, a new covered sitting porch creates a designated space for guests to socialize.

“Great partners on a great project. Their team studied our history, building, and vision – quickly mastering the nuances of a funeral home. Our beloved building served us well in the last millennium and this team has ensured it will serve us well in this millennium.” – David A. Parente, Vice President & Funeral Director

Project Details

  • 4,800 square feet
  • 2.5 baths and 2 bedrooms
  • Open riser steel and oak stairway
  • Cedar rain screen siding, locally-quarried stone veneer, standing seam metal roof
  • 3-car garage lined with reclaimed hemlock wood
  • Bluestone terrace with steel pergola
  • Geothermal heating and cooling, solar hot water


2014 Showcase of Homes Award
Luxury Home Winner
  • Landscaping
  • Workmanship
  • Best Master Bath
  • Exterior Design
  • Interior Decorating
  • Best Kitchen
  • Interior Floor Plan
  • Technology
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