NYS Capitol & Albany City Hall

NYS Capitol & Albany City Hall (HM276D)

Location: Albany, NY 12207 Albany County
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Country: United States of America
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N 42° 39.084', W 73° 45.312'

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In 1885, American Architect and Building News named "The Best Ten Buildings in the United States."

Two of those selected were the New York State Capitol and Albany City Hall, before you and to your right. The Capitol was chosen despite the fact that it was still more than a decade away from completion.

By the time it was finished in 1899, the NYS Capitol was the most costly building ever constructed in the United States, and at 32 years, took longer to build than the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt.

Original 1867 design for the NYS Capitol by architects Thomas Fuller and Arthur D. Gilman.

Note the differences from the finished product, namely the center tower that was never built, owing to both its tremendous weight and cost.

Henry Hobson Richardson (1838-1886)

Renowned architect H. H. Richardson had a hand in creating both the NYS Capitol and Albany's City Hall. Richardson was one of four prominent architects to contribute to the design of the Capitol, and City Hall was his vision alone. The building is a model of his distinctive style, Richardsonian Romanesque, and was designed at the height of his career.

Albany's Bells

Housed atop City Hall's 202-foot tower are Albany's carillon bells, the first municipal carillon in

the country.
Albany's 49 bells range from a massive 10,953 lbs. to just 27 lbs. The first recital was played on September 18, 1927, to a crowd of more than 50,000.
Today, regular concerts are held during the summer and at noon on most Wednesdays year round.
HM NumberHM276D
Year Placed2016
Placed ByAlbany Cultural Heritage and Tourism Partnership, New York State Museum, Downtown Albany and SUNY
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, April 25th, 2018 at 1:02pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 602033 N 4722855
Decimal Degrees42.65140000, -73.75520000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 39.084', W 73° 45.312'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 39' 5.0400000000002" N, 73° 45' 18.72" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)518
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 25 Eagle St, Albany NY 12207, US
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