The City of Albany, N.Y. (1868)
work I had no idea how difficult it would be to produce. There are nearly
300 buildings depicted, many of them in intricate detail. The entire project
required hundreds of hours of work and spanned seven months.
research phase consisted of gathering and cataloging hundreds of period
photographs from the Morris Gerber and Albany Institute of History &
Art collections. Numerous pencil drawings were then done in progressively
One of the
most interesting stories I came across on this project dealt with Abraham
Lincolnís visit to Albany in 1861. The president and his entourage were
lodged at Albanyís largest and most famous hotel, the Delavan
House, located on Broadway, a few blocks north of State Street. On
February 8, 1861, President Lincoln passed down Broadway
on his way to address the state legislature on Capitol Hill. In a small
hotel room two blocks away, overlooking the presidential parade, sat John
Wilkes Booth. The actor was in Albany to perform in a Shakespearean play
and was staying at the Stanwix Hotel.
Years later, there was speculation that Booth may have been stalking Lincoln
while he was in Albany.