Urban Exploration Photography

Albany, NY Capital Building – “Million Dollar Staircase”

Time for something a little different…an actual active building.  If you live in Albany, NY, then the “Million Dollar Staircase in the Capital Building is a must see location.   This is one of the most impressive pieces of architectures I have ever seen.  It is best known as the “Million Dollar Staircase”.  It’s name means exactly that.  When this masterpiece was built in the 1800s it cost a Million bucks.  I can’t even begin to imagine what it would cost to recreate something this impressive now.  The staircase features carvings of multiple presidents such as Abraham Lincoln.  This a particularly tough location to shoot.  The yellow lights, mixed with the rose sandstone, leads to a white balance nightmare.

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One response

  1. Paul

    Stumbled on your website unexpectedly and very glad I did. So happy you appreciate this treasure of a building. The skylight over the staircase was painted over for blackout requirements during WWII and not restored and uncovered again until about just 10 years ago. It was a very dark and mysterious space, with little ability to see the splendid detail, while the skylight was painted over. Congrats on catching the play of light there so beautifully.

    February 4, 2012 at 5:40 pm

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