Albany County

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Albany County is named for the Duke of York and Albany who later became King James II of England.

 

Created:  November 1, 1683 

County Seat:

Albany  1683 – present

 

County Courthouse – Albany  

 

Location:  16 Eagle Street / Columbia Street

Built:  1912 – 1916

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Hoppin and Koen

Contractor:  W L Crow Construction Company

 

Description:  The building faces northwest and is a four story gray colored stone and concrete structure. The building is located in the center of Albany. The front of the building has three rectangular openings on the first story. Columns rises from the second to third stories and divide the windows. The Legislative Chamber is located on the second floor. There is a large rectangular interior atrium area. The roof is hipped.

 

Old County Courthouse – Albany  

 

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Location:  24 Eagle Street / Pine Street

Built:  1881 – 1883

Style:  Richardsonian Romanesque

Architect:  Henry Hobson Richardson

Contractor:  Norcross Brothers

 

Description:  The building faces northwest and is a three story buff colored stone style structure. The building is located in the center of Albany to the south of the courthouse and has a rugged texture, massive stone walls, dramatic semicircular arches, sculptured shapes, deep windows, cavernous recessed door openings and bands of windows. The walls are rusticated Milford granite from Rhode Island with Longmeadow brownstone trim from Massachusetts. The building is noted for the simplicity of its design and care for details, especially its intricate carvings in particular the gargoyles and foliated forms. At the southwest corner is a high square tower with steep roof. The building served as City Hall and the Albany County Court House until the present courthouse was constructed.

 

Note:  Many of the stonecutters who were brought to Albany to work on the capitol were hired to do the details on City Hall.  C H Rutan was the superintendent during construction.

 

Note:  The previous courthouse was designed by Phillip Hooker and built by Jonathan Lyman of Albany from 1829 to 1832. The building served as City Hall and Albany County Court House. The building was destroyed by fire in 1880.

 

County Judicial Center – Albany  

 

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Location:  6 Lodge Street / Steuben Street

Built:  2002 – 2005

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Crandell Associates Architects

Contractor:  BBL Construction Services

 

Description:  The building faces northwest and is a four story red and gray colored concrete structure. The building is located in the center of Albany on the southeast side of the courthouse. The entrance is located at the northwest corner with two large arched openings. Narrow concrete belts run horizontally with wider vertical belts. The roof line is flat. 

 

Note:  The cost of construction was $16,500,000.

 

County Family Courthouse – Albany  

 

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Location:  30 Clinton Street / Chapel Street

Built:  2003 – 2005

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Clough, Harbour & Associates and Crandell Associates Architects

Contractor:  BBL Construction Services

 

Description:  The building faces northeast and is a two story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on the north side of the center of Albany. The northeast front has a semi-circular entrance rising above the roof line and with wide green colored dome. Between the windows on the first and second stories arw white colored concrete panels. The roof line is flat. The building houses the Albany County Family Court. 

 

Note:  In 2012, the county purchased the courthouse from Columbia Developments for $22,800,000.

 

See:  New York Court of Appeal is located in Albany. and the Third Judicial Department of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court is also located in Albany.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Schenectady County and Saratoga County

E – Rensselaer County

S – Greene County

W – Schoharie County

 

 

 

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County Courthouse

 

 

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Old County Courthouse

 

 

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County Judicial Center

 

 

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County Family Courthouse

 

 

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Photos taken 2006, 2014 and 2017