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.

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