New York State Capitol, Albany

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The New York State Capitol, the seat of New York State government, is in Albany, the capital city of the U.S. state of New York. The capitol building is part of the Empire State Plaza complex on State Street in Capitol Park. Housing the New York State Legislature, the building was completed in 1899 at a cost of US$25 million, making it the most expensive government building of its time. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971, then included as a contributing property when the Lafayette Park Historic District was listed in 1978. The New York State Capitol was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1979.
Legislative sessions had been held at different buildings in different places before Albany was declared the State capital in 1797. From that time until 1811, the State Legislature met at the Old Albany City Hall. The first State Capitol was inaugurated in 1812 and remained in use until 1879 when the current building was inaugurated.
The present Capitol was built between 1867 and 1899. Three teams of architects worked on the design of the Capitol during the 32 years of its construction. They were managed by: 1867-75: Thomas Fuller, 1875–83: Leopold Eidlitz and Henry Hobson Richardson, 1883-99: Isaac G. Perry. Fuller, the initial architect, was an Englishman who also designed the Canadian Parliament buildings of Parliament Hill, Ottawa.
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  • We did the Plaza tour and the capitol building tours. The plaza tour explains the history of the buildings and some of the artwork in the plaza. We were also brought inside The Egg. The capitol buildi...  more »
  • The NY State Capitol is one of the most beautiful government buildings in the world. Other places (British & Hungarian Parliaments) may have more elaborate exteriors, few places can rival its interior...  more »
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  • Visiting friend from Detroit, He took me here for the tour. Once you go through the security screening, you can resister at the ground floor for the tour and it is free. I do recommend to do the tour as tour guide is friendly, knowledgeable and answered all kinds of questions. Also guided tour gives you access to more area inside the building. Yes they have invested unthinkable money in to designing and building all these beautiful history. I truly believe that many people will get to see it and enjoy the site for years to come !
  • I am one of those who always assume capital city of New York state was New York City until i visited Albany. It was a high wow factor at the State Capitol - to begin with, it is one of a very limited list of places in NY that is free for admission but what surprised me was almost every angle of it was a picture perfect scene, inside & out. Parking is free after 5 PM before it close by 7 PM weekdays. Make sure to see the grand Million Dollar staircase - costed a million dollars at the time it was built, appreciate the sculpture along the stair evolving from single biological cell at the ground floor to higher intelligent mammals to its top floor. The outside front stairs and garden were very elegant. I also had an extended stay at the park next to it - took lots of photos with the huge 'I Love NY' signage, the dumb sharped performing art arena, and those beautiful buildings around the park.

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