Empire State Plaza
The grand vision of Nelson Rockefeller, the Empire State Plaza was constructed between 1959 and 1976 at a cost of $1.7 billion. The 40-block zone displaced thousands of residents but is credited with the revitalization of downtown Albany. Some of its 11 buildings include the New York State Museum, the Egg (preforming arts center), and the 42-floor Corning Tower which has free observation deck.
New York State Capital
Begun in 1867, this stunning building took 32 years and $25 million to complete. It took several different architects over the years, which probably explains the mélange of architectural styles, from Italian Renaissance to Romanesque to French Renaissance. Although it doesn’t seem like much, the cost in today’s figures would be a staggering ½ billion dollars. Don’t miss the “Million Dollar Staircase”. Tours are offered 7 days a week at selected times.
State University of New York
What was once the administrative offices of the Delaware and Hudson Railroad, this building is handsome enough to be the Parliament building of some country. Today it’s occupied by the State University of New York. The giant weathervane at the top is a replica of The Half Moon, Henry Hudson’s ship.
Albany City Hall
New York State Education Building
This building features 36 Corinthian Columns—the longest colonnade in the United States.
Alfred E. Smith Building
Completed in 1928, this Art Deco skyscraper has 34 stories and is the second tallest structure in Albany.