Downtown in Albany in Albany County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
United Traction Company Building
National Register of Historic Places
placed on the
of Historic Places
by the United States
Department of the Interior
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings.
Location. 42° 39.123′ N, 73° 44.977′ W. Marker is in Albany, New York, in Albany County. It is in Downtown. Marker is at the intersection of Columbia Street and Broadway, on the right when traveling west on Columbia Street. Marker is mounted above eye-level, on the southeast corner of the subject building, facing Columbia Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 598 Broadway, 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. Railroads (within shouting distance of this marker); Union Station (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); B. Lodge & Company (about 400 feet away); First Church in Albany (Reformed) (about 600 feet away); Herman Melville (about 600 feet away); Clinton Square (about 700 feet Patroon Street (about 700 feet away); The Fur Trade (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Albany.
Regarding United Traction Company Building. National Register of Historic Places #76001205. Also a contributing property in the Downtown Albany Historic District. Marcus Reynolds' 1899 Italian Renaissance Revival building was the headquarters of Albany's trolley company through the 1950s. It was an architectural counterpart to Union Station across the street that served, along with it, as the gateway to the city for many visitors.
Also see . . . United Traction Company Building (Wikipedia). Horse-drawn trolley service began in Albany in 1864. The vehicles were operated by the Albany Railway Company, which began to introduce electric trolleys in 1890. By 1899 it was successful enough to commission Marcus T. Reynolds to design its headquarters, and around the time it moved in it changed its name to the United Traction Company. The rise of the automobile led to the decline of trolley systems nationwide. In the 1930s United Traction gradually began to switch from trolleys to buses. The last one was taken (Submitted on March 23, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on February 16, 2023. It was originally submitted on March 23, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 199 times since then and 56 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on March 23, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.