Troy’s historic architecture, streetscapes on display in the new nine-part series which premieres Monday, 9 PM on HBO and HBO Max
Production on ‘The Gilded Age’ transformed Troy into 1880s New York City during month-long shoot in Troy in summer 2021
City launches updated ‘Film in Troy’ website, www.troyny.gov/filmintroy, to coincide with the release of the new HBO series
TROY, NY (January 24, 2022) – City officials are touting the release of the first episode of ‘The Gilded Age,’ HBO’s new 1880s historical drama series, the latest film & television production filmed in the City of Troy. The Collar City is featured prominently in the new television series, which hosted the production for a month in the summer of 2021. The nine episode season premieres Monday, 9 PM on HBO and HBO Max.
Created, written and produced by Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey), ‘The Gilded Age’ transformed Troy into 1880s New York City during a month-long production. Troy’s historic Monument Square served as a stand-in for a downtown Manhattan shopping district; Washington Park, the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy Public Library, Rensselaer County Court House, Oakwood Cemetery and several historic residential & commercial buildings were also were utilized for indoor and outdoor scenes.
The Times Union profiled the new series and prominence of Troy’s 19th century architecture, parks, and intact streetscapes visible in the series.
Mayor Patrick Madden highlighted the importance of the selection of Troy for the new HBO drama series, including the local economic impact of film & television productions for communities like Troy.
Mayor Madden said, “We were thrilled to host HBO for their first season production of ‘The Gilded Age’ last summer. The selection of our city as a filming location is the latest example of Troy’s growing prominence as a destination for film and television productions in upstate New York, helping bring economic activity to Troy businesses and restaurants, and creating new tourism opportunities for the Collar City and Capital Region. I know Trojans will be tuning in to experience this new series and watch for recognizable pieces of Troy’s unique architecture and history.”
Debby Goedeke, Albany County Film Commissioner for Film Albany said, “‘The Gilded Age’ is another great example of collaboration between counties and showcasing all the strengths our entire Capital Region has to offer. In addition, this project provided an enormous economic impact to local businesses and provided a very bright light to all our communities.”
Filming in Troy, New York
Coinciding with the release of the new HBO series, the City launched its updated Film in Troy website, www.troyny.gov/filmintroy. The site will help connect filmmakers and production companies with City staff to assist with scouting locations, permits, and logistics for film and television productions look to utilize Troy for their next project.
“The City of Troy is a great place to produce feature films, television series, and other commercial productions,” Mayor Madden added. “Our community boasts a number of favorable conditions for film and TV productions, including a largely-intact historic downtown featuring some of the country’s oldest architecture and buildings, and a built environment perfect for projects of all sizes and budgets. We welcome filmmakers and producers to visit the new ‘Film in Troy’ website to learn more about bringing their next production to the Collar City.”
Production companies may be eligible to utilize the New York State Film Tax Credit for production and post-production costs when filming in Troy. For more info, visit the Empire State Development website, contact New York State’s Film Tax Credit Program at (212) 803-2328, or email at [email protected]
Notable Film & Television Productions in Troy
Home to the world famous “Uncle Sam” Wilson and overlooking the Hudson River, Troy boasts a beautifully intact historic downtown filled with 19th century architecture, many examples of Louis Comfort Tiffany’s stained glass artistry, authentic alleyways, and industrial sites.
More recently, major & independent film and television productions have selected Troy for its historic architecture and beautifully maintained downtown, including:
- HBO’s ‘The Gilded Age’ (2022)
- Season 2 of Amazon’s ‘Modern Love’ (2021)
- ‘Motherless Brooklyn’ (2019) starring Edward Norton, Alec Baldwin, Willam DeFoe, Bruce Willis, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw.
- Shoplifters of the World Unite (2021)
Other notable productions filmed in Troy include:
- ‘The Time Machine’ (2002), starring Guy Pearce, Samantha Mumba, Jeremy Irons, and Orlando Jones
- ‘The Emperor’s Club’ (2002), starring Kevin Kline, Emile Hirsch, Embeth Davidtz, and Jesse Eisenberg
- ‘Scent of a Woman’ (1993), starring Al Pacino and Chris O’Donnell.
- ‘The Age of Innocence’ (1993), starring Daniel Day Lewis, Michelle Pfieffer, and Winona Ryder.
- ‘Ironweed’ (1987), starring Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep.
More info, visit www.troyny.gov/filmintroy
John Salka, Communications Director
[email protected] / (518) 279-7131