258 State Street, Albany, NY


This small commercial building is just steps from Empire State Plaza. Built in 1965, with an addition in 1970, it is roughly contemporaneous with the Plaza but uses a completely different architectural vocabulary.

Primarily brick with metal and some concrete detailing, the building blends in with the residential streetscape and defers to the brick church next door. However the corner section with metal windows and enamel panels calls out its purpose as commercial rather than residential. The unique, small, square, single-pane windows on both sides enliven the facade and provide light to what are most likely hallways and stairwells.

Today the building houses the Retail Council of New York State.


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