Albany City Hall

The Eagle Street City Hall.

In the mid 1830's, this building played a role in the City’s history and also in the City’s Underground Railroad story.

The Three City Halls of Albany: Albany City Hall is where the government of the city of Albany, New York meet. It houses offices such as the mayor, the Common Council chamber, the city and traffic courts, and more city services. The current building was designed by Henry Hobson Richardson in 1883 at 24 Eagle Street.The first City Hall of Albany was the Stadt Huys, built by the Dutch at the intersection of Broadway and Hudson Avenue. It is estimated that the building was constructed around the 1660's, though it could have been possibly earlier. It was probably replaced around 1740 with a much larger building, which would be continued to be known as the Stadt Huys. In 1797 Albany was declared the state capital of New York. .After purchasing a plot of land across from Eagle Street, the city government would move into a new city hall designed by Philip Hooker in 1832. In 1880, Hooker's city hall was destroyed by fire and a new building was commissioned by Henry Richardson; the building would open in 1883. The new city hall still stands today. [1]
The Story of Abel Brown and the City Hall: Abel Brown, was a Reverend, and an abolitionist who worked for the Underground Railroad. In the beginning of 1842, Brown as an agent of the Underground Railroad in Albany. He had also become a publisher of The Tocsin of Liberty, the paper reported many accounts of fugitives slaves helped by the Underground operators. This newspapers had offices at locations in downtown Albany, among them are locations such as 56 State Street, 10 Commercial Buildings, and 8 South Pearl Street. Brown was also involved in starting the Eastern New York Anti-Slavery Society. The Eastern New York Anti-Slavery Society that was established in 1842. The group eventually opened an office at 9 Exchange Street in downtown Albany. This location is currently under a parking garage. This group’s main focus was to unite anti-slavery groups in the Hudson Valley area to help in anti-slavery work and to assist fleeing fugitive slavers passing through the region. An organized meeting, a conference of perhaps a hundred people involved with the Eastern New York Anti-Slavery Society, was held in the old City Hall building in Albany to help with anti-slavery efforts.[2]
Bibliography:
1 citation text "Albany City Hall." Wikipedia. Accessed March 28, 2016. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albany_City_Hall.
2 citation text "Underground Railroad Sites In The City Of Albany - Underground Railroad History Project." Underground Railroad History Project. Accessed March 28, 2016. http://undergroundrailroadhistory.org/underground-railroad-sites-in-the-city-of-albany/.

Street Address:

Albany City Hall, 24 Eagle Street, Albany, NY 12207 [map]

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Dezire Jones, “Albany City Hall,” Albany Walks for Health, accessed September 19, 2019, http://www.albanywalksforhealth.com/items/show/72.
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