University At Albany Virtual Tour
The Downtown Campus, located at 135 Western Ave., just one mile (1.6 km) from the New York State Capitol building and Empire State Plaza, is the site of the original New York State College for Teachers. Construction began in 1909 on the first three buildings: Draper, Husted and Hawley halls, after the previous location on Willett Street burned down. Later additions to the campus were Richardson Hall, Page Hall and The Milne School (all in 1929), along with additions to Draper and Richardson halls (both in the 1960s).
The Downtown Campus is home to the University's Rockefeller College of Public Affairsand Policy, School of Criminal Justice, College of Computing and Information, and School of Social Welfare. It also houses one of the University's three libraries, the Thomas E. Dewey Graduate Library, located in Hawley Hall.
University Hall, the 3,000 square foot atrium, opened in October 2006. The Hall has more than 3,500 mirrored glass panels adorned to the outside of the building and cost $11.3 million to construct.
The Uptown Campus, the University's main campus, is located at 1400 Washington Avenue in Albany, and has been described as "a distinctive work of modern art." Designed in 1961-62 by renowned American architect Edward Durell Stone (1902-1978), the campus bears Stone's signature style of bold unified design, expressed by its towers, domes, fountains, soaring colonnades and sweeping canopy. The result is dramatically different from traditional university campuses with dispersed buildings and disparate architectural styles.
Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller envisioned a public university system to accommodate the college students of the post-World War II "Baby Boom", and as a connoisseur and patron of modern art and architecture, he encouraged many of the era's leading modernist architects to design the campuses. Inspired by this vision and the need for a new campus accommodating 7,500 students, Stone viewed the Albany project as a powerful statement concerning the integrated nature of campus life, with facilities for learning and living all part of a unified complex comprising activities and academic. Stone's campus composition emphasizes residential quadrangles, or "quads" - surrounding academic buildings. The quads, four large towers, each surrounded by a square of low-rise buildings, create self-contained residential environments, mimicking the residential college atmosphere of traditional European universities.
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