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

Cohoes City Hall

 
 
Cohoes City Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, March 18, 2011
1. Cohoes City Hall Marker
Inscription. Designed by Architect J.C. Holland and constructed in 1895, this Romanesque Revival building is the center of Cohoes Government. The limestone structure was the first building in the city constructed with public funds.
 
Erected by the City of Cohoes.
 
Location. 42° 46.47′ N, 73° 41.999′ W. Marker is in Cohoes, New York, in Albany County. Marker is at the intersection of Mohawk Street and Ontario Street (Route 470), on the right when traveling north on Mohawk Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 97 Mohawk Street, Cohoes NY 12047, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Horace B. Silliman (within shouting distance of this marker); First Power Mill for the Manufacture of Knit Fabrics (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Egberts & Bailey Mill (about 600 feet away); The Erie Canal (approx. 0.4 miles away); Cohoes - Waterford Bridge (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Cohoes Mastodont (approx. half a mile away); White Homestead (approx. half a mile away); Cohoes Mastodon (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cohoes.
 
Regarding Cohoes City Hall. Designed by the firm of J. C.
Cohoes City Hall Marker - Corner of Mohawk & Ontairo image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, March 16, 2011
2. Cohoes City Hall Marker - Corner of Mohawk & Ontairo
Holland and Co. in a composite of Chateauesque and Richardsonian Romanesque styles, it is constructed of grey limestone, smooth coursed ashlar alternating with bands of rock-faced stone. The use of stone, the irregular silhouette, wall dormers, transom windows, round towers with conical roofs, and ornamental cresting and finials are characteristic of the Chateauesque style. Expressive Romanesque motifs include massive stout columns with foliated capitals supporting a semi-circular entrance arch.

Cohoes City Hall lies within the Downtown Cohoes Historic District which was recognized as a historic district and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.
 
Categories. Government
 
Cohoes City Hall image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, March 18, 2011
3. Cohoes City Hall
Cohoes City Hall image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, March 16, 2011
4. Cohoes City Hall
Cohoes City Hall image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, March 18, 2011
5. Cohoes City Hall
Inside Cohoes City Hall image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, March 16, 2011
6. Inside Cohoes City Hall
This memorial plaque is mounted in the lobby of Cohoes City Hall. The corner stone of the building was laid by New York's 31st Governor, Levi Parsons Morton, on September 25, 1895. Morton was Governor of New York from January 1, 1895 to December 31, 1896
Cohoes City Hall Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, March 16, 2011
7. Cohoes City Hall Plaque
This plaque, mounted outside beside the steps leading to the main entrance, features a poem, America, by Zionist rabbi Abba Hillel Silver:

America is more than millions of people
America is all that the races of the world have wished to be
America is the realization of what the ages have hoped and labored for
God built him a continent of glory and filled it with treasures untold
He carpeted it with soft rolling prairies and columned it with thundering mountains
He studded it with sweet flowing fountains and traced it with long winding streams
He planted it with deep shadowed forests and filled them with song
Then he called unto a thousand peoples and summoned the bravest among them
They came from the ends of the earth, each bearing a gift and a hope
The glow of adventure was in their eyes and in their hearts, the glory of hope
And out of the bounty of the earth and the labor of men
Out of the longing of hearts and the prayer of souls
Out of the memory of ages and the hopes of the world
God fashioned a nation in love
Blessed it with a purpose sublime
And called it America
Front Steps of Cohoes City Hall & <i>America</i> Poem Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, November 7, 2011
8. Front Steps of Cohoes City Hall & America Poem Plaque
The America poem plaque is to the right of the steps.
Cohoes City Hall image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, November 7, 2011
9. Cohoes City Hall
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 19, 2011, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. This page has been viewed 670 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on March 19, 2011, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.   8, 9. submitted on November 9, 2011, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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