Albany City Hall

The Home of Albany's Government

Albany: Made Here

The Albany city hall is the home to the officials for the city of Albany. City Hall was designed by architect H.H. Richardson and was completed in 1883 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.

City Hall is built in the Romanesque style, specifically Richardsonian Romanesque. Richardson designed many famous buildings in the northeastern United States, many considering his masterpiece to be the Trinity Church in Boston. The style combines French, Spanish, and Italian styles, and frequently uses arches, a signature of Roman architecture.

Probably the most famous feature of City Hall is the Carillon Tower. The tower was part of H.H. Richardson’s original design but was not built as part of the original construction. The idea of actually building the tower came after World War I as a memorial to fallen soldiers. The tower cost $45,000 to build and was funded by the donations of 45,000 citizens. The towers construction was finished in 1927.

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"Albany City Hall." Wikipedia. Accessed March 28, 2016. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albany_City_Hall.

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Z. Barberis, “Albany City Hall,” Albany Walks for Health, accessed November 17, 2019, http://www.albanywalksforhealth.com/items/show/74.

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