ABOUT

Previously a Knights of Columbus building, The Takk House has been transformed into a unique one of a kind space featuring original breath taking architecture, beautiful wrapping staircases, two large ballrooms (one comes equipped with a built in shuffle board!), custom designed Bride and Groom suites for getting ready, newly renovated restrooms and food staging facilities.

Our large, open floor plan (2,800 square feet!) allows you the ultimate canvas for creativity, and we pride ourselves in embracing that! The flexibility of the space lets you stick with its minimalist beauty or create a one of a kind atmosphere – it’s up to you and your imagination and vision.

Meet FRANK & HEIDI

We purchased Takk House in 2014 with one sole purpose, to throw meaningful and personalized celebrations. Whether that was a wedding, art opening or community event. We just wanted it to feel less traditional and 55 3rd Street was full of character to do just that!

The idea behind Takk House is that we wanted to offer a space for creatives to celebrate in. There are very few great venues out there that feel cool, fun and personal.
— Heidi Benjamin, Owner

Heidi has been a wedding photographer for the past six years and has worked in venues all over the north east but felt that the Capital Region, her home base, lacked a really creative place to celebrate in. So she and her husband, Frank, decided to create one in historic Troy, NY. A place where they live and love dearly.

Heidi and Frank were even married at Takk House in August of 2016!


What the heck is Takk?!

Takk means "thank you" in Icelandic. Pronounced "tock" like "tick-tock," the sound a clock makes.  We decided to go with this name as a tribute to Frank's deep Icelandic roots. His mother was born and raised there.

Now that might raise a second question... the "thank you house"? Well, yes! The basis of most celebrations is gratitude. Thank you for coming. Thank you for inviting us. Thank you for everything you've done. Thank you for being in our lives. Thank you for caring. Takk House is the house of gratitude. A space to celebrate with the people in your life that you are thankful for. Takk.


A HISTORY LESSON

55 Third Street in Troy, New York, was built in 2 main stages. The original structure, a grand Victorian city home, was built in 1865 by William Farnham. Early photos show a side porch, and we assume there was a carriage house and garden in the rear. In 1889, it was purchased by the Frear Brothers, who operated a successful department store in Troy. They converted the building to mixed commercial use, housing a lawyer’s office, rug merchant, tailor and hat shop. The Frears also sold the side porch area of the property, resulting in an L-shaped lot with a 30′ frontage, 50′ width at the rear, and a depth of 130′.
— Previous Owners, Niki & Steve
3rd Street, Troy, NY - 1966

3rd Street, Troy, NY - 1966

Days of the Knights

In 1918 the Knights of Columbus purchased the property, and developed a major expansion to the rear, featuring a two-story ballroom, third floor gymnasium, and a 4-lane bowling alley in the basement. This addition uses steel I-beam construction, which allows for the large expanse of the rooms, without the need for support columns. Both the 1865 and 1920 structures are incredibly well built, still plumb and solid. The Knights thrived in their clubhouse, and in the 1970′s they modernized the bathrooms, kitchen, plumbing, electrical and reconfigured some spaces. They were also faced with the choice of repairing the original brownstone facade, or modernizing the facade and entry. Unfortunately, the trend at the time was Urban Renewal, which focused on tearing down or “streamlining” old buildings. They stripped the ornamental brownstone, and removed the oriel box window and exterior stairs, bringing the entry to street level. They installed a metal framework over the remains of the old facing, and covered it with crushed rock stucco. That completed the project that we refer to as “The Facade-omy”.

In the 1990′s the Knights Council struggled financially, and fell behind on building maintenance and property taxes, finally losing the building to the City of Troy in 1999. 

Screen Shot 2014-02-26 at 11.20.01 AM.png

The Details

Use:
 Wedding ceremonies and receptions, private parties, music gigs, film, photo shoots, art exhibits, dance showcases, corporate events, premiers, film screenings, community events, flea markets, product launches and anything else worth celebrating!

Capacity:
For cocktail parties or standing events, we can accommodate up to 450 guests. We can comfortably seat up to 175 guests for dinner with a dance floor. We can hold 200 but it gets a bit tight and your dance floor is sacrificed. If dancing is as important to you as it is to us you might need to think about that!

As the main room is adaptable to many different seating situations please come in and see the full potential of our wide open floor plans!

Ballroom:
The more traditional of the two ballrooms with soaring high 20 foot ceilings, romantic paper lanterns, beautiful hardwood flooring, fun bench side seating, double mezzanines, attached catering prepping kitchen, and original architectural details.

Gym:
The more playful of the two ballrooms features beautiful natural light pouring from wrap around windows and skylights, romantic paper lanterns, beautiful hardwood flooring and authentic shuffleboard court! This area is not handicap accessible. Capacity: 150

Bar/Parlor:
This fully original bar and gathering room has some jive to it. Perfect for cocktail hour and more intimate private events. We have incorporated some industrial concepts and stylish seating options. It is truly the best spot in the house! Capacity: 60

The Rosemary:
This absolutely stunning room was created as a hideaway for brides, bridal/baby showers, small parties and photo shoots. It is straight out of a catalog with jaw dropping details and a hint of feminine perfection. You won't want to leave.  Capacity: 15-20

The Barbershop: 
This is our version of a "man cave" but the ladies will want to hang in here too. We made this room the ultimate chill spot with the groom in mind. Full vintage cooler, somewhere to play some tunes, watch the game and beat your best man in foosball. We check the cave nightly to make sure no one has tried moving their stuff in. So far, so good. Capacity: 15-20

Franklin Alley:  (Coming Soon!)
A social club located on the basement level of Takk House. Offering two bowling lanes, indoor bocce court, classic arcade games, concession style comfort food and craft beer/cocktails. This space can be rented out for private events or used as an after party location for your wedding guests. It is open to the public Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday unless closed for private events. 

For more particulars, including information on our kitchen and restroom facilities, please contact us.


6931417743_4181840389_b.jpg