Drawing: Tickets for BUILT + and a gift card for BMT restaurants

BUILT 2018 postcard

Drawing's closed! Winner's been emailed!

Historic Albany Foundation's annual BUILT art event is this Saturday at the State Museum. And we have a pair of tickets to give away.

BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE: The winner will also get a $50 gift card that can be used at any BMT restaurant.

To enter the drawing, please answer this question in the comments:

What's your favorite building in the Capital Region?

It could be old. It could be new. It could be big. It could be small. It could be whatever. We'll draw one winner at random.

It's the 17th year for for BUILT. This year's event "will showcase more than 175 pieces of original artwork by over 90 regional artists, created with a wide range of materials, and all linked by the theme 'Albany's Built Environment.' This year, as HAF celebrates the 40th anniversary of its Architectural Parts Warehouse, artists are encouraged to create artworks using salvaged and recycled items." Half of the proceeds from the auctioned items go the artist, the other half to benefit Historic Albany Foundation's work.

BUILT is this Saturday, November 3 from 6:30-9:30 pm at the State Museum. In addition to the art, the event will also include food from BMT Hospitality and wine from Capital Wine and Spirits. Tickets are $95 / $55 for attendees under age 35 and available online.

BMT Hospitality's portfolio of restaurants includes Ama Cocina, Albany Ale and Oyster, Cafe Madison, The Point, The Madison Pour House, Junior's, Spinner's, and The Pub.

Important: All comments must be submitted by noon on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 to be entered in the drawing. You must answer the question to be part of the drawing. (Normal commenting guidelines apply.) One entry per person, please. You must enter a valid email address (that you check regularly) with your comment. The winner will be notified via email by 5 pm on Wednesday and must respond by noon on Thursday.


I love the SUNY administration building, formerly the D&H Railroad building.

The State Education Building! It has one of the longest colonnades in the world. It was the first major building in the US constructed solely as a headquarters for education administration.

I like the SUNY building downtown.

The Egg

The Cohoes Library: housed in an old church that was repurposed, the stained glass, the wooly mammoth and just conceptually perfect.

Man, this changes almost daily! ANY Marcus Reynolds building would be defensible. But, I'm going out on a limb here and say that, today, my favorite building is the State Education Building. Who knows what I'd pick tomorrow!

I love the "Albany" building with the wavy glass brick windows!

My favorite is the "Egg". I busted rods, (re-bar) on this building back in the late '60's, and, I believe that there are only a few of these buildings in the world that employed the unique construction processes needed to achieve it's design.

The D&H Railroad building.

My favorite building is the Egg. It's amazing on both the outside and the inside.

I like the State Capitol building - it’s amazing!

New York State Museum!

Madison Theater, local spot close to my heart.

The Round Lake Auditorium: cool architecture, fabulous acoustics, quality performances and events, and the Ferris Tracker organ that's so important it's been designated a National Historic Landmark!

I love the State Capitol building, when I moved here it was the first building that really caught my eye and looks so cool!

burden iron works building down by the jail....

My favorite building is the SUNY Administration building down on Broadway in Albany.

Marcus T. Reynold's "Van Rensselaer House" at 385-389 State Street in Albany. While walking alongside you could swear you are in a piazza somewhere in Italy.

Add another vote for the SUNY admin/D&H Railroad building...

though an honorable mention goes to the teeny tiny red brick apartment near the intersection of State and Dove.

The Capitol. I see it daily yet am always discovering new details. Bonus shoutout to the Tudor homes on Holland Ave.

The Palace Theater is glorious!

Oh, how I love the Capitol. Inside and out. There's nothing like it.

The State Capitol

My favorite building would have to be Office Building 8 at the Harriman Campus...just kidding, just kidding..

Some of Albany’s public library branches are just incredible in their design (inside and out) and contribution to the communities they serve...my favorites are the Arbor Hill Branch, the Pine Hills Branch, and Howe.

If I had to pick a favorite building I’d say the Pine Hills Library Branch...great asset to the city, simple but elegant light brick building, and just a brilliant interior.

Bonus shoutout to 2 Ash Grove Pl. in the Mansion District and the colorful row homes on Hall Place next to Van Rensselaer Park (Ten Broeck area)!

My favorite building in the City of Albany is the SUNY Administration building.

The Times Union Center. Lots of great memories.

This is a tough one as we're blessed twill so much great architecture in our area. Places like the Palace, Cohoes Music Hall, the Capitol, and the D&H Building immediately jumped to mind. But after some thought I'm going with the Troy Gasholder Building. A cool-looking round brick building that was designed to be a holding tank for coal gas back in the day (I didn't even know coal gas was a thing before I learned about the building). If you've ever been inside the ladder that goes up along the exterior wall is super-cool. Is the city still using it for storage of work trucks and stuff (last time I saw the inside there was a boat on a trailer stored in there)? If so, file under "most underutilized building in the Capital District".

The Quackenbush House, home to one of my favorite bars - The Olde English Pub and Pantry.

St. Joe's in the Ten Broeck.

My garage ... especially in the winter ...

The SUNY Central Admin building (D&H). While it's my personal favorite, it also always seems to impress out of town guests more than other options like State Ed. and the Capitol.

The state capitol building. Beautiful and unexpected inside.

The State Education building! 5 floors crammed into a 10 story building.

I really like the buildings with the interesting facades on Hudson Ave, close to Lark Street.

I'll go with The Palace. Classic through and through, and a great spot to see music.

For sure, St. Joseph's in Ten Broeck Triangle

The Downtown Troy Library. The library, with its glass floors and beautiful Tiffany stained glass windows, was built as a library and art gallery. The building is open for the public and I feel that it belongs to me.

The Chuch of Immaculate Conception


I love the Fuze Box on Central Ave!

The Capitol...it's buildings, within buildings with buildings,etc. I remember going to the red room to see some Lincoln documents.

There are many special buildings, but I would pick the Capitol.

385 State Street, Albany: the William Bayard Van Rennselaer House.

The Palace Theater!

SUNY Plaza is magnificent

I love the Capitol building. It's beautiful inside and out.
Coolest one of all the capitols I have toured.

The Troy Public Library!

My favorite building in the Capitol region is my own home, as well as the other historic homes in our neighborhood built in the 19th century located in the heart of the Center Square and Hudson Park nieghborhoods. Each day, walking the area, I get to enjoy fascinating details of homes that were built with a unique character of their own. My favorite street, if I had to choose, would include the homes along State street that line the Washington park, and those close to the corner of Dove and State.

The firehouse on Delaware ave. It manages to be both fun and gorgeous.

There is this green building, a residence I think, on Learned St behind Broadway. It’s this cute building with these giant silver tanks attached but also a pig statue over the door. It’s in the business district and so unexpectedly out of place but so darn awesome! You’ll know it when you see it!

Definitely, The NYS Capital Building.

60 State Street (The National Commercial Bank, aka Key Bank).
(Closely followed by 27 Wilson Street, the narrowest residence in town!)

My favorite is the building on the corner of State & James. I don't know if it has a name, it's currently for sale. It's old, and skinny and beautiful. Seeing it always reminds me that Albany is an old Dutch town, and I wish I could see more evidence of that rather than just a building here or there.

Tess, I have some bad news about those wavy glass brick windows.... (they're mostly gone!) :(

My favorite building is still Centennial Hall downtown - all those arched and circular windows!

I love the Albany Institute of History and Art - so much packed into such a small space!

I love the swirly parking garage by capital rep.

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