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    STATE EDUCATION BUILDING

    by moiraistyx Updated Sep 28, 2006

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    STATE EDUCATION BUILDING

    The New York State Education building was completed in January of 1911. It was the first american builidng built soley for the purpose of education. Designed by Henry Hornsbostle and cost nearly 4 million dollars to build. The building follows a neo-classical design and has 36 pillars supporting the weight of the upper floors. Here are some interesting facts about this wonderful building:

    1. The Education Building was dedicated in 1912 and cost was approximately 4 million dollars to build.
    2. The chandelier on the second floor in the rotunda is 70 feet long. It is silver coated and cost approximately 20 thousand dollars.
    3. Underneath exterior of the colonnade is a steel structure covered by Indiana limestone.
    4. The State flag only flies in front of the building when the Board of Education is in session
    5. The front of the Education Building has 36 columns which makes it one of the longest colonnades in the world.
    6. In 1976, the State Museum moved from the top floor of the Education Building to the Empire State Plaza’s Cultural Education Center .
    7. In 1978The State library moved to the utilitarian rooms in the Empire State Plaza’s Cultural Education Center.

    This building in just one of the many beautiful buildings to see in Albany.

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    ST MARYS CHURCH

    by moiraistyx Written Sep 20, 2006

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    ST MARYS CHURCH

    The thing that caught my eye about this small but historically significant church was the angel on top of the steeple. For some strange reason I was drawn to this church. After researching it and finding out more about the church I understand why. St. Isaac Jogues blessed this site when he hid in a nearby barn when he escaped from Mohawk Indians. This is the third church to reside on this site. The previous two were torn down to build a larger church to accomodate the growing parish. Construction of the present church began in August of 1867. It was designed in the Romanesque Rivival style by Charles Nichols. The church cost an estimated 100 thousand dollars to build and was dedicated by Reverand John Conroy the second Bishop of Albany.

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    Westminster Presbyterian Church

    by moiraistyx Written Sep 18, 2006

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    THE STEEPLE
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    I attended a confernce held in this church today. I was inspired by the amount of community involvement of this church. Not only is it a great example of 19th century craftmanship, but it's also beautiful on the inside. One of my workshops was in the Well's Room, a small meeting room furnished with antiques and decorated beautifully. I was able to find out a little history about the church such. Construction began in April of 1861 and was finished in October of 1862. The roof was destroyed by a fire in 1928 but was rebuilt. The parish today is actually the result of two parishes combining in 1919. The church has a beautifully landscaped sitting area just outside it's front doors.

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    EMMANUEL BAPTIST CHURCH

    by moiraistyx Written Sep 18, 2006

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    EMMANUEL BAPTIST CHURCH

    I was attending a conferance across the street from this amazing looking church. I couldn't resist taking a picture. This is just one of many wonderful churches to be found in Albany. I love the aquare steeple marked by the posts on the 4 corners.

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    Albany Aqua Ducks

    by betsymarvin Written Aug 24, 2006

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    When you're in Albany only one day, you'd like an overview of the place, and the best is riding on one of these amphibious vehicles. A tour guide peppers the group with more information, historical, cultural, and local, than anyone can possibly remember, and answers questions, as well. The ride goes up and down central streets, past the capital and state office buildings, the dramatic "Egg" event center, and old mansions and new business buildings. And then proceeds into the water, cruising along the Hudson River, passing the Henry Hudson 'Half Moon' ship replica and giving a new perspective to the skyline of Albany.

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    For William Kennedy fans

    by beachcomberT Written Feb 26, 2006

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    People who have read William Kennedy's Albany novels, especially his "Legs" story about gangster Jack "Legs" Diamond, might enjoy a pilgrimage to the old Kenmore Hotel on North Pearl Street, near the Clinton Street intersection. The hotel is now a restored office building, but its lobby contains photographs and memorabilia from the Roaring 20s when it was a top hotel and nightclub. Across the street is Morris' Men's Store, one of the last old-time retailers surviving in downtown Albany -- a good place to get an affordable Albany-themed t-shirt.

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    Quick overview of historical Albany

    by beachcomberT Updated Feb 26, 2006

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    The free Heritage Center at Quackenbush Square in downtown Albany (foot of Clinton Avenue hill) offers a nice exhibit that summarizes Albany's 400 year history. You can walk through it in about 30 minutes, and get ideas on what next to check out. Lots of brochures available, and very clean rest rooms, too. A horse-and-buggy tour departs from this point a few times each day. A trolley-style bus tour also provides an excellent hour-long overview of downtown Albany, with frequent pauses to check out details of buildings.

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    Washington Street Armory

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Nov 24, 2005

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    Washington Street Armory

    One of the first impressive looking buildings that I came across as I drove down Western Avenue and then Washington Street into the heart of Albany was this large brick Armory. Built in 1891 to serve as a military focal point for upstate New York, the grand old structure was retired from active duty 100 years later, in 1991. Standing idle since then, the building has gradually deteriorated. However, a rescue effort was launched in late 2003 when the government turned it over to the Albany Industrial Development Agency for $1. The plan is to spend about $20 million in repairs so the building can now be used to house the city's main library branch. September, 2005 - this just in from ''chizek72": The Washington Street Armory Sports and Convention Arena is now one of New York's premier mid-size venues for sports, entertainment and business. The Washington Street Armory is the home of the Albany Patroons Basketball Team.

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  • Huge and fascinating museum!

    by ArtiAbsinthium Written Mar 7, 2005

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    The New York State Museum is a great place to go in Albany, whether you're interested in art, history, or archaeology. The museum features permanant exhibits on New York State history, including a full size replica of an Iroquois longhouse, a full Mastadon skeleton found in Cohoes, and a new exhibit entitled "World Trade Center: Rescue Recovery Response." There is also a large collection of fire engines and a hall of minerals. Traveling exhibits are also featured in the museum. This is a large and extensive museum, and definitely worth a visit if you're in Albany.

    Also, it's completely FREE! (Though you can make donations if you're feeling generous.)

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  • Theatre under the stars!

    by ArtiAbsinthium Updated Mar 7, 2005

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    If you find yourself in Albany in the summer, one of the most fun things to do is go to Park Playhouse. Every summer in July and August, Park Playhouse puts on a musical in Albany's Washington Park, in the bandshell behind the lake house. It's fantastic theatre and it's completely FREE!

    This summer the show is the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic South Pacific. Hope to see you there!

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    City Hall

    by Bwana_Brown Updated May 29, 2004

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    Albany City Hall

    When standing between the State Capital Building and the columns of the NY State Education building, all you have to do is turn sideways and you can also view the beautiful design of the Albany City Hall. This Romanesque-style of building also highlights one of the characteristics of its designer, Henry H. Richardson. Built between 1880-1883, it features light granite stones off-set with darker stones used for the trim. He was also one of the designers of the State Capital Building located on the same square! There appeared to be lots to do and see here in the heart of the city, but my time was running out and I had to clear out of Dodge!

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    Classical Greek Building

    by Bwana_Brown Written Apr 18, 2004

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    Formerly the NY State Library

    Another photo of the NY State Education Building, that started its life in 1912 as home to the New York State Library. Designed by Henry Hornbostel, and built between 1908-12, the prominant feature of the structure is its 36 fluted pillars of marble from Danby, Vermont. These huge columns are 90 feet tall and 6.5 feet in diameter at their base. In 1978 the library was moved to a new building specially designed for better preservation of the numerous artifacts in the library collection.

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    Massive Pillars

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Apr 18, 2004

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    Huge Columns of the State Education Building

    I was really impressed by the size and design of the NY State Education Department Building in the centre of Albany, opposite the State Capital Building. The size of the Corinthian columns forming the colonnade along the front of the building was amazing. These columns are reputed to be the tallest in the world of this type.

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    The Egg

    by mrclay2000 Written Dec 27, 2003

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    The Meeting Center (or Egg) at left

    By far the most interesting building on the Empire State Plaza, the Meeting Center (popularly known as "the Egg" from its form) is the only curvilinear building amid the modern complex. Its design at once sets off the plaza as an ultramodern setting, though the other buildings generally follow a strictly functional form. Turning one's back on the state capitol and looking over the plaza, it is the Egg (which holds two auditoriums) which soothes the eye from a endless supply of right angles.

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    St Peter's Episcopal Church

    by mrclay2000 Written Dec 27, 2003

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    St Peter's Episcopal Church

    Set off a block or two from the Romanesque City Hall, Albany's St Peter's Episcopal Church is the second most imposing spire on the city skyline. Built in 1859 and the third church on this site, there are few houses of worship anywhere with a richer architectural heritage. From the buttresses running along the adjacent sidewalk, to the single campanile, to the stained glass windows on all four facades within, St Peter's is justly listed on the National Register of Historic Landmarks, a remarkable achievement in a city of remarkable architecture.

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