Carillon Tower

Albany City Hall was completed in 1883, and it has been recognized as one of the most beautiful buildings in the country. The building was given a unique distinction with the installation of a carillon in its tower. The original idea was to commemorate the servicemen who served in the armed forces during World War I. A carillon is a series of  bells in a wide range of sizes, which are played by a carillonneur.  By manipulating a keyboard of wooden handles, the carillonneur selects which bells will be rung in what order.


Alfred E. Smith Building

When I was a young girl, my father took me to downtown Albany what seemed like every Saturday. I loved the opportunity to go to the observation deck of the Alfred E. Smith Building. (We’re talking before the Empire State Plaza and the Corning Tower). The feature I really appreciate is the engraving of the names of all 62 counties around the building’s facade. At 388 feet tall, and 34 stories, it is about one third the size of the Empire State Building, but hey, this is Albany. After his political career, Al Smith was president of the corporation that built the Empire State Building.


I recently visited Oakwood Cemetery in Troy, which is the final resting place for some well known individuals such as Russell Sage, Emma Willard, and “Uncle Sam”. For those who don’t know the story, Samuel Wilson was a meat packer from Troy who provided goods to the United States Army during the War of 1812. Everything he sent to the army, was stamped “U.S.”, which was turned into the nickname Uncle Sam. Of course, not everyone in the cemetery is famous, but some memorials are an impressive tribute to a loved one lost. This Celtic Cross is such a significant piece in memory of Cora Elizabeth Price, age 18. I tried to find some information about her, but I haven’t been able to discover any details. I want to know the history of the girl who is honored with this beautiful monument.