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Albany New York ~ Old Albany Academy Building ~ Joseph Henry Memorial

Albany New York ~ Old Albany Academy Building ~ Joseph Henry Memorial
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The old Albany Academy building, known officially as Academy Park by the City School District of Albany, its owner (after the park in which it is located), and formerly known as the Joseph Henry Memorial, is located in downtown Albany, New York, United States. It is a Federal style brownstone building erected in the early 19th century. In 1971 it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Later it was included as a contributing property when the Lafayette Park Historic District was established.

At the time it was built it was home to The Albany Academy, established a few years earlier. Architect Philip Hooker’s Federal style design is the city’s oldest public building, and the less altered of his two intact non-residential buildings in the city.[2] In the 1820s, Joseph Henry co-discovered electrical inductance in experiments conducted in the building, a discovery that was important to the later development of the telegraph and, by extension, the modern telecommunications of the Information Age Albany B of Ed.
n 1986 the city’s school district took ownership and began its current use of the building for its main offices.

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