The work of architect Henry Hobson Richardson (best known locally for City Hall), the Grange Sard house is rich with details, including this decorative carving above the arched entrance. It features a coiled snake, two fierce stylized animal heads, and two human faces which are said to be likenesses of stove manufacturer Grange Sard, Jr. and his wife.
The sign above the old Quintessence Diner at New Scotland and Dana Avenues is dark; the beautiful old diner is closed and the property one of several recently acquired by the ever-expanding Albany Medical Ceneter. While I wasn't a big fan of the diner's most recent incarnation, the building itself is a terrific classic diner and it would be wonderful if it could be moved instead of demolished.
The eyes of this lion on the State Capitol are still fierce, but he's long since lost his teeth. I remember seeing short, broken stumps in his mouth when I was very little, but even those are gone now. The buffalo on the opposite side of the Capitol is likewise missing his horns.
Alexander Calder's Triangles and Arches is a familiar sight in the southernmost of the reflecting pools on the Empire State Plaza(and rather in need of a fresh coat of paint). And, if you look at the just the right angle, you can see the artist's initials on one of the massive black panels.
Graffiti on the vacant remnant of the Wellington Hotel. This was the Annex on Howard Street (directly behind the main part of the hotel.) The larger, newer building in the background is the State Comptroller's Office.
This house on South Lake Avenue features some incredible porches, especially the rounded one on the second floor. I could imagine myself relaxing up there with a good book, an iced coffee, and about four Pomeranians.
A lifelong resident of Albany, N.Y. who loves history and writing, I'm also the site admin for Broadway actor Hugh Panaro. Currently working on a history of the Albany Rural Cemetery. Oh, and a Whovian.