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Albany City Hall, Albany

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Government Building
Albany City Hall is the seat of government of the city of Albany, New York. It houses the office of the mayor, the Common Council chamber, the city and traffic courts, as well as other city services. The current building was designed by Henry Hobson Richardson in his particular Romanesque style and opened in 1883 at 24 Eagle Street between Corning Place (then Maiden Lane) and Pine Street. It is a rectangular, three-and-a-half-story building with a 202ft tall tower at its southwest corner. The tower contains one of the only municipal carillons in the country.Albany's first city hall was the Stadt Huys, built by the Dutch at the intersection of Broadway and Hudson Avenue probably in the 1660s, though possibly earlier. It was probably replaced around 1740 with a larger building, which continued to be known as the Stadt Huys. In 1754, the Stadt Huys was the location of the Albany Congress, where Benjamin Franklin presented the Albany Plan of Union, the first proposal to unite the British American colonies. In 1797 Albany was declared the state capital of New York and the New York Legislature made its home in Albany's city hall. In 1809 the Legislature opened the first New York State Capitol and Albany's government moved in with the Legislature. After purchasing a plot of land at the eastern terminus of Washington Avenue, across Eagle Street from the capitol, the city government moved into a new city hall designed by Philip Hooker in 1832.
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TripAdvisor
  • I love the interior of this building. Reminds me of the ghostbusters movie. you can definitely see the old world inside this building. They have this super cool wooden elevator that still works.  more »
  • A working museum as it were, not as much to see really. But I think of all the deals made here during the 50 years of the O'Connell machine.  more »
  • Needed to go to City Hall for a Dog's License. Everything worked out perfectly, immediately found parking , and was in and out in 15 minutes.  more »
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  • Beautiful building. Unfortunate that most visits are to pay for permits or parking tickets and not to just appreciate the architecture. Oh... Parking is horrendous.
  • You'll dread whenever you have to trek out to city hall, whether it be a parking ticket or to submit documents to the city government. At least the architecture is really nice.
  • It is what it is, a zero-accountabilty gubment agency...