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Downtown in Albany in Albany County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

The Albany Academy


The Albany Academy Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 12, 2017
1. The Albany Academy Marker
March 4, 1813

Held its first classes
in a frame building which
formerly stood upon this site

This tablet erected
June 3, 1938
during the Celebration of the
125th Anniversary of the
founding of the school

Erected 1938.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Education. A significant historical date for this entry is March 4, 1813.
Location. 42° 39.019′ N, 73° 45.249′ W. Marker is in Albany, New York, in Albany County. It is in Downtown. Marker is at the intersection of Lodge Street and State Street (New York State Route 5), on the right when traveling north on Lodge Street. Marker is a large metal plaque mounted at eye-level, directly on the building at this address, at the northwest corner, facing Lodge Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 112 State Street, Albany NY 12207, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. An English Neighborhood (here, next to this marker); St. Peter's Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Historic State Street
The Albany Academy Marker (<i>wide view</i>) image. Click for full size.
July 12, 2017
2. The Albany Academy Marker (wide view)
Click or scan to see
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(about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Philip Livingston (about 300 feet away); Site of Martin Van Buren Residence (about 300 feet away); A City of Outstanding Historical Significance (about 400 feet away); Fort Frederick (about 400 feet away); Lydius Corner (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Albany.
Also see . . .  The Albany Academy.
The Albany Academy is the oldest boys day school in the New York Capital Region, chartered in March 1813 to educate the sons of Albany's political elite and rapidly growing merchant class. In the Census three years prior, Albany was the tenth-largest city in the United States, and would remain so through the 1850s due to the prominence of the Erie Canal. (Submitted on April 23, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
Albany Academy Buliding - 1817 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 12, 2017
3. Albany Academy Buliding - 1817
In 1815, Philip Hooker, then Albany's most prominent architect, appeared before the school's building committee. He had at that point already designed the nearby City Hall and State Capitol buildings (both since replaced), and pointed to his years of experience and his "close application in the research of ancient and modern architecture." Mayor Philip S. Van Rensselaer laid the building's cornerstone after Hooker got the commission. This new Albany Academy building was opened in 1817. For the remainder of the 19th century, the school stayed in Hooker's building, Later in the 1930s, the Albany City School District moved into the building and has used it as its main offices ever since.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 16, 2023. It was originally submitted on April 23, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 216 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 23, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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Mar. 30, 2023