History and Architecture in Albany

Tour curated by: Z. Barberis

This tour is meant to inspire the people of Albany and it's visitors to take buildings that they see every day and see the history that is behind them. These are buildings that have significant historical connection to the State of New York in addition to incredible architecture. The tour starts at The New York Executive mansion, the home of New York's governor and Victorian style home. Next the tour moves to the New York State Museum, a modern style building that is home to a complete history of New York. Third, is the Capitol building where New York's laws are made. Then moving to the Alfred E. Smith Building, we have a perfect example of 19th century architecture and the workplace of many of the great people that serve New York. Finally, moving to city hall the home of Albany's local government, and example of Richardsonian Romanesque architecture, a niche style. Overall, this tour combines historical context for the state of New York and Albany, and the architecture of those buildings

Locations for Tour

This is the place where the Governor of New York is able to live in while working in Albany. This house has been where the Governor has stayed since 1875. The mansion is located on Eagle Street in Albany, right in the middle of downtown and is only…

The story of the New York State Museum as a whole began in 1836 when the New York State Geological and History Survey was established. This organization was started to collect artifacts to understand the natural history of New York. After nine years,…

The New York State Capitol building took a long time to be built, 25 years, but after 115 years of history, it is one of the more important historical stops in downtown Albany. You could say the history in the capitol was kicked off in 1899, after…

Across the street from the the Capitol Building is the Alfred E. Smith building. The building is named after the four term governor and 1928 Democratic presidential nominee. The Smith building is Albany’s second tallest structure and is built in…

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…