There is only one lot where visitors (persons other than Students, Faculty, Staff) may park on the Union Campus, and that is the Visitors' Parking Lot located at Nott Street and Seward Place. As this map shows, the Visitors' Lot is in the northeast corner of the campus, and it can be accessed from both Seward Place and Nott Street.
The best way to reach the Visitors' Parking Lot when coming from The Desmond is by taking Union St. to Seward Place, which runs between Union and Nott Streets. Union College is about 3.5 miles from where you enter Union Street from Rt. 7. You will pass the Main Gate of the College, stay in the curb lane, and travel a very short distance (past a traffic light at Nott Terrace) before coming to the traffic light at Seward Place. Turn Right (north) onto Seward Place and drive approximately 0.3 miles to the Visitors' Lot entry-exit driveway. [It is narrow and poorly marked, but is located opposite the steeple of St. Anthony's Church (see photo to the right.] If you miss the entry, simply drive the very short distance to the traffic light at Nott Street, turn Right, and then Right again at Gate 5, which is the Nott St. entrance to the Visitors' Parking Lot. The immediately prior posting, "a Sunday visit to Campus", has photos of both of the Visitors' Lot entrances.
From the Visitors' Lot, you will walk up Terrace Lane past a row of buildings. When you reach the corner with North Lane and look to the left, you'll see the Nott Memorial and many other Conference venues. There is a map at page 27 of the Conference Program that shows the most relevant portions of the Campus.
Street Parking. There is some meter-free parking along the east side of Seward Place and between Seward Pl. and Gate 5 on Nott Street, if the Lot is full. Please do not count on finding a space, but early birds might be successful.
Return to Desmond. The best way to return from there to The Desmond is to drive back up Seward Place (south) toward Union Street, where you will turn left on Union and head back 3.5 miles to a left at Rt. 7.
Directions from the Desmond: Registrants with vehicles can obtatin a sheet with directions from the Desmond at the Registration Desk (or ask John Stevenson). Also, Click Here for a Google Map showing the drive between the hotel and the College. There are contact numbers on the last page of the Conference Program.
Campus Emergencies. There are emergency call boxes in Blue Pillars around the campus, as well as kiosks with Campus Maps. For example, at the Terrace Lane entry to the Visitors' Parking Lot
Note: Please excuse the road construction around downtown Schenectady. Any detours should will allow easy return to your route.
p.s. Speaking of unauthorized arrival and overtime visitor parking, Happy Columbus Day [a/k/a Italo-American Day]!
Please indulge me in a
Columbus Day drive
red and yellow
crayons turn into nubs