When Governor Theodore Roosevelt declared the New York State Capitol
complete in 1899, it had been under construction for more than a quarter
of a century. Its cost had exceeded 25 million dollars. Five architects
had worked on its design. It was admired by many as one of the most beautiful
buildings in America and ridiculed by some as a vast and expensive boondoggle.
But no one could deny that it was unique.
1781 Legislature met in Albany’s Stadt Huis or Town Hall for first time.
1809 First Capitol, located just east of present building, completed to designs of architect Philip Hooker.
1865 Legislative act authorizing construction of new Capitol passed.
1868 Thomas Fuller appointed Architect of the Capitol.
1871 Cornerstone of present Capitol laid.
1876 With exterior walls complete only to second story, Thomas Fuller replaced as architect by Leopold Eiditz, Henry Hobson Richardson, and Frederick Law Olmsted.
1879 Assembly met in its Chamber on third floor of the Capitol for first time.
1881 Executive and Senate Chambers occupied.
1883 Isaac G. Perry became Commissioner of the Capitol, replacing Eiditz, Richardson, and Olmsted as architect.
1888 Stone vaulted ceiling of Assembly Chamber replaced after it failed structurally.
1891 Work began on Eastern Approach, Capitol’s great exterior staircase.
1896 Great Western Staircase completed with installation of a skylight.
1899 Governor Theodore Roosevelt declared Capitol complete.
1911 Fire destroyed much of western side of Capitol.
1917 Court of Appeals moved out of Capitol.
1977 Restoration of the Senate Chamber begun.
1979 Capitol declared a National Historic Landmark.