Tour: New York State Education Building

Session Title: Tour: New York State Education Building
Session Code: TR0319
Date: Friday, October 18, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
LU/HSW: 1.5 LUs

The New York State Education Building was completed in 1912 and was the first major governmental building constructed exclusively for educational purposes.

The tour begins with a look at the architectural elements of the building – including stops at the Liberty Bell replica, the Rotunda, mural paintings, the Regents Room, and concludes with a viewing of the monumental artwork “The Genius of America” in Chancellor’s Hall. 

The Building was designed and constructed by the renowned NY architect Henry Hornsbostel and is an example of Beaux-Arts style architecture. It is notable for its massive colonnade consisting of 36 hollow marble columns with terracotta Corinthian capitals and a wide entablature. 

Its Neoclassical design reflects the renewed interest in this style that followed the 1893 Columbian Exposition. Important interior features of the building include the 94-foot-high rotunda and barrel-vaulted glass skylights. 

This tour would be an opportunity for current architects to see the inside of one of the most beautiful buildings in Albany.

Tour Guide:

Carl Morrone

Supervisor Visitor Services, New York State Museum