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Calling all historians: What is the tower to the right of the old courthouse, perhaps near the train station? The operators of Vintage Albany, a Facebook page whose snapshots are featured weekly in The Albany Journal, want to know. This photograph likely was taken shortly after the courthouse was completed in 1906 and before the Hotel Gordon was built. The mysterious tower has windows and appears to be four stories tall. If you know the answer, or want to participate in this discussion, see the Vintage Albany page on Facebook, e-mail ajournal@thealbanyjournal.com, or call the Journal at 435-6222.
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  1. Stephen Syfrett says:

    The “mystery tower” in the photo on page A3 of the September 1 edition belongs to the County Jail. I’m not sure what year it was built, but it was replaced by a new jail building directly north of the courthouse in 1912.

    The old jail sat just east and north of the courthouse on the west side of Washington St. The tower was on the southeast corner of the building, probably overlooking part of the “exercise yard”. The tower was 4 stories high, as indicated in the photo caption. The 2-story building to the left of the tower is the jail building itself. It and the tower were constructed of brick. The tower and jail building look more distant because of the camera perspective.

    The long, low building in front of the tower (right of the courthouse) was the F.W. Goodwin Livery (stable), which extended south all the way to Pine Ave.

  2. Betty Rehberg says:

    Thanks for posting this one! Hopefully someone will identify it.

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