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.