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Albany City Hall, Albany

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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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  • September 28, 2017
    I believe the most beautiful building in all of Albany! I have seen many of the buildings in Albany and this one if the very best.  more »
  • September 21, 2017
    Didn't enter as it was Public Holiday, but still a great building for picture-takings anyway. And plenty of surrounding buildings to stroll around.  more »
  • September 15, 2017
    This building is another created by Henry Hobson Richardson with his classic masonry construction and lavish detail. We were escorted up to the 4th floor by Officer Burke who pointed out the portraits...  more »
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  • February 16, 2017
    Whenever I get asked if this place is cool, I say "city hall yeah!"
  • November 30, 2016
    Beautiful old building with a lot of important people inside. Most people won't visit here without a good reason.
  • July 27, 2016
    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.
  • May 26, 2016
    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.
  • October 3, 2015
    It is what it is, a zero-accountabilty gubment agency...

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