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This is New York State’s Capitol, located in Albany, which is the capital city of New York State. The photo was taken on a Saturday (hence the empty yard), when we decided to make a stop at Albany on a little road trip from New York City to Niagara Falls.
I highly recommend visiting this part of New York on May – it is out of season, and therefore the lines are reasonable and everything is cheaper. The weather is usually nice at this time, and the tulips are blooming, which makes the parks at Albany and around the Niagara Falls a most magnificent sight.

A little info about the building :

The Capitol was initially designed by Englishman Thomas Fuller, who also designed the Parliament buildings in Ottawa, Canada. In 1876, Fuller was replaced by two American architects, Leopold Eidlitz and Henry Hobson Richardson. With the change in architects, the exterior design became a "battle of styles", in which Italian Renaissance, Romanesque and French Renaissance were blended.
Spanning four decades, the finished Capitol took 32 years to build, from 1867 to 1899. The final cost was a staggering $25 million dollars. Today, that same structure would cost a half billion dollars to build.
Four hundred feet long and three hundred feet wide, the Capitol has five stories with a full basement and attic. It is constructed principally of gray granite and has walls over sixteen feet thick at the foundation.

For more information about the building and its function click here (the New York State Assembly website).

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