The State Capitol Building
By 1810, New York had become the most populous and dynamic state in America. As "The Empire State," it would require a statewide government able to deal with burgeoning population growth and unprecedented economic expansion. "Initially, the New York State government met at the city hall. Well before Albany became the de facto State Capital in 1797, the rapidly developing State government had outgrown its initial host.
As this website is dedicated to the people of colonial Albany and their world, this exposition will focus on the social history of the first State Capitol building designed by Yankee architect Philip Hooker and commonly dated as 1803.