Sunday, February 5, 2012

1883, The American Architect and Building News.

The American Architect and Building News.

1883: The Internet Archive has volume 13, covering January-June 1883.

Hunt's Paintings injured by water, page 2

Cost of completing the Albany Capitol, page 214

Payment for the Repairs of the Capitol Vaulting, page 277

1883: Google Books has volume 14, covering July-December 1883.

July 28, 1883, American Architect and Building News, XIV. No. 396, The Old Albany Capitol. page 46

The Old Albany Capitol. — An advertisement published under authority of Capitol Commissioner Perry, stated that sealed proposals would be received at his office until noon of Wednesday, July 25, for the purchase and removal of the old Capitol building. Parties purchasing the same are to take down the building and remove the materials on or before October 1, 1883. At the beginning of this century, and probably within the memory of men now living, an ordinary four-story stone building, " with dormer windows and the Albanian gable ends," situate on the corner of Hudson Avenue and Hroadway, and called the Stadt Haus or City Hall, served to accommodate the municipal bureaus of the city of Albany, the courts of the county, the county jail, and the Legislature of the State. And "in its yard stood the whipping-post and pillory." In 1803, these quarters becoming crowded, the Common Council of the city passed a resolution praying the Legislature to erect a new State and Court house on the public square, w Inch was also called "Pinkster Hill," because of the annual congregation of slaves upon its summit for the celebration of the pinkster festivities in May. After agitation and careful compilations of the probable cost of such an enterprise, the Legislature, on April 3, 1804, passed an act entitled, "An Act making provision for improving Hudson's River below Albany, and for other purposes," one of which "purposes" turned out to be the erection of the Capitol building. By this act John Taylor, Daniel Hale, Philip S. Van Rensselaer, Simeon De Witt, and Nicholas N. Quackenbush were appointed commissioners to erect a building " with sufficient and commodious apartments for the Legislature, the Council of Revision, the courts of justice, and the Common Council of the city of Albany." The act provided for the sale of the Stadt Haus and grounds for the best price and on the best terms, the moneys arising from such sale to be applied to the new enterprise; it also authorized the Supervisors of the city and county of Albany to lay a tax of $3,000 upon the freeholders and the inhabitants of the county of Albany, exclusive of the city, and an additional tax of $3,000 upon the freeholders and inhabitants of the city itself, for the purposes of the new building. It wu further enacted " that the managers of the lotteries . . . shall cause to be raised by lottery the further sum of $12,000, which sum when raised the said managers shall pay unto the said commissioners for the purposes aforesaid." Under the lottery system at that time all the public improvements of the State were conducted. In the construction of the old capitol, estimates were made from year to year, and found inadequate. The building was completed in 1814. Its total cost was $110,086.42, of which $73,485.42 was paid by the State, $34,200 by Albany City, and $3,000 by Albany County. The commissioners, in the Supply Bill for 1814, were allowed one per cent of the money expended for their services. Albany held an interest in the grounds and building until 1829, when an act was passed authorizing the payment of $17,500 to the city and county, on condition that all their rights and interests in the Capitol and park should be released, which terms were accepted. When completed, the building was considered one of great magnificence, and it challenged the admiration of travellers and tourists for years. — Albany Argus.

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