state street albany 1917 via Albany Institute

Looking up State Street, almost a century ago

state street albany 1917 via Albany Institute cropped

An old view that was once new.

The Albany Institute shared this photo on Twitter this week -- it's a look up State Street in Albany in 1917, from the Delaware & Hudson Railroad Building. (The institute has a bunch of photos from its collection online.)

We always love to gawk at old photos and this one's no different. Three things about it:

+ Construction of the D&H building (now the SUNY central administration building) spanned from 1914 to 1915. So, in some sense, this view had only existed for about two years when the photo was taken. Because before that, there wasn't a tower from which to take the photo.

+ Look down toward the bottom of the photo, on the left side, near where State Street meets Broadway. See that awning and the restaurant sign? That appears to be right where the awning for Jack's is today. Jack's didn't move to that spot until 1937, but it looks like there was a restaurant there even at the time of this photo.

+ The streetcar tracks are visible on the roads in the photo, and there's a horse-drawn cart on Broadway. But also look closely along the sides of State Street -- yep, cars. (The Model T was about a decade old at this point.) And they're parking along State Street much in the same way they still are almost a century later.

There's a large-format, uncropped version of the photo after the jump.


The photo is above in large format -- click or scroll all the way up.


The Albany Institute advertises on AOA

photo: Albany Institute of History & Art Library

Comments

When I look at old photos of Albany, I'm always disappointed they tore down the Ten Eyck Hotel at the NW corner of State and Pearl. While I'm sure it would have required a lot of money to restore, it was much more impressive than the low-rise office building that is there now.

Great photo!

Appears to be some posted signs with writing on Capitol grounds but cannot tell what is written.

The sign reads "New York Campaign to Date"… can't make out what sits on that middle line (if anything) and it also looks like the monetary amount of said campaign to date was $34,000.

Strike that… after further Photoshop enhancing it looks like it says "War Bonds Campaign to Date: $34,000"

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

What's All Over Albany?

All Over Albany is for interested and interesting people in New York's Capital Region. In other words, it's for you. It's kind of like having a smart, savvy friend who can help you find out what's up. Oh, and our friends call us AOA.

Search

Recently on All Over Albany

Anarchists in the townhome

Over at the Times Union, Lynda Williams profiles a group of freegan anarchists who have been squatting in a vacant Albany townhome without utilities for... (more)

The deadline to apply for this year's $2,500 AOA Startup Grant is this week! And you should apply! Yes, you!

How's that entry for this year's AOA Startup Grant coming along? The deadline for entering this year's $2,500 AOA Startup Grant contest is this Wednesday,... (more)

Troy Letter

Check it out: Local journalist Luke Stoddard Nathan has started a weekly email newsletter about all sorts of Troy-related things. It is called, fittingly, Troy... (more)

Morning Blend

Abortion rights in New York State A look at where New York's laws stand on abortion rights and how that could be significant if there's... (more)

The week ahead

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (autumn), to hauntings, to... (more)

Recent Comments

La Mexicana is a treasure. We always buy a few packages of the Chorizo and freeze them (after stopping in for tacos) -Great market and really cool restaurant.

Morning Blend for Sep 24

...has 1 comment, most recently from ace

Mapping out the future for an alternative transportation network in the Capital District

...has 3 comments, most recently from ivan vamos

Stuff to do this weekend

...has 3 comments, most recently from Rich

All the current Stewart's seasonal summer ice cream flavors, ranked

...has 7 comments, most recently from Amy Smith

A look around the Maiden House residential + retail conversion in downtown Albany

...has 12 comments, most recently from Peter