Often celebrated as a masterpiece of civic architecture and decorative design, the New York State Capitol sits majestically at the head of Albany’s State Street. The story behind the most expensive capitol building ever to be constructed is a fascinating one.
Built between 1867 and 1899, the Capitol was the work of four different architects, who each worked under exasperating conditions – geological, structural, and political – with hundreds of highly skilled masons and exceptional stone carvers. After completion, the building attracted controversy – seen by some as an atrocity of jumbled architecture and by others as a successful blending of architectural forms.
First published in 1964 and reissued in 1982, C. R. Roseberry’s Capitol Story (SUNY Press, Third Edition, 2014) is not meant to settle the debate, but to tell the tale of a structure that is unique among state capitols in the United States.
This revised and expanded edition includes new information based on research done over the past twenty years, a new foreword by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, a new chapter on the extensive interior and exterior restorations that were completed in 2013, and scores of new full-color photographs.
C. R. Roseberry (1902-1990) was a journalist and writer who lived and worked in Albany. He was the author of many books, including Glenn Curtiss, Pioneer of Flight and From Niagara to Montauk: The Scenic Pleasures of New York State, also published by SUNY Press.
Editor Diana S. Waite is President of Mount Ida Press. She is the author of Ornamental Ironwork: Two Centuries of Craftsmanship in Albany and Troy, New York and the editor of Albany Architecture: A Guide to the City.
Publication was supported by a grant from Furthermore, a program of the J. M. Kaplan Fund. Capitol Story was published in cooperation with the Albany Institute of History & Art.
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