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NEW YORK - Morgan State House, Albany, NY Luxury Inn

The Morgan State House

The Morgan State House is an excellent example of late 19th-century elegance and design. It has been restored to provide the most unique accommodations in the Capital District. Voted "Best in the Capital /Saratoga Region", The Morgan State House is an Inn honoring the European tradition. It was developed to provide luxury and business accommodations for leisure and corporate travelers, in an atmosphere, which leaves them feeling truly at home. It is centrally located in downtown Albany, on a quiet, tree-lined residential street overlooking Washington Park. Now offering in room massages. Click for more information.

This Townhouse Mansion at 393 State Street was the lifelong home of Alice Morgan Wright, who resided here from 1888 until her death in 1975. The house was designed by R.W. Gibson, the architect of the Cathedral of All Saints, for her father, Henry Wright, who made a fortune in dry goods during the Civil War. The multiple peaked gables and intricate interior details reflect Gibson’s love of the Japonaise aesthetic of the 1880’s, which presaged modern American art. Ms. Wright was among America’s most noted figures in obtaining women’s suffrage who, after being jailed in London with Emaline Pankhurst, returned to New York where in 1921 she helped found the New York League of Women’s Voters. An influential artist of the Art Deco style, Ms. Wright maintained a studio on the fourth floor of the house, and her works can be found in museums and private collections throughout the country.

Alice Morgan Wright
Born in Albany in 1881, Alice Morgan Wright was the only child of Henry Romeyn Wright, a wealthy merchant, and Emma Jane Morgan Wright. As a young child, Wright developed an appreciation for art; by the time she was twelve years old, she knew she wanted to be a sculptor. Wright attended the St. Agnes School in Albany (now The Doane Stuart School) and then Smith College, where she graduated in 1904. After college she moved to New York City to study sculpture at the Art Students League with Hermon Atkins MacNeil (1866-1947) and James Earle Fraser (1876-1953). In 1909, she won both the Gutzon Borglum and Augustus Saint-Gaudens prizes in recognition of her work.
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Washington Park
Albany’s Washington Park, like Central Park in New York City, was conceived by Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmstead, America’s premier landscape architects. Olmstead also created the gardens and extensive park at Biltmore, the Vanderbilt estate in Asheville, North Carolina Development of the park began around 1870, as the city began moving westward after the Civil War. The curving roadways, wooded glades and vistas of lakes and ornamental plantings are consistent with the Romantic and Esthetic movements ideal of the natural and gardenesque. The mature plantings date from the 1890’s when the park was under the direction of William S. Edgerton, who for over thirty eight years continued Vaux and Olmstead’s vision by saving old trees and constructing decorative pavilions and boathouses.

The streets facing Washington Park provide residential architectural styles spanning the entire late Victorian and early Modern periods, and reflect Albany’s importance as a major industrial and financial hub during the opulent decades following the Civil War. The city is fortunate to have had this entire area survive into the present day. Here are houses by internationally known architects such as Henry Hobson Richardson, Sanford White, and R.W. Gibson, as well as the local greats Albert Fuller and Marcus T. Reynolds.

The Civil War Monument (Soldiers and Sailors Monument) dates from 1912 and dominates the northern entrance to Washington Park, facing elegant "mansion row" on State Street. Behind the large bronze figure depicting Peace, is a procession of more than sixty life-sized figures carved in marble in low relief. The memorial was restored in 1986, and is a popular spot in the park, in that it connects a beautiful tree-lined pedestrian promenade with the Moses Fountain on the parks southern end.

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Lark Street
One Block East of the The Morgan State House is the Lark Street neighborhood, where you will find many restaurants, bars, cafes and shops, housed in some of Albany’s most historic buildings. The Lark Street Business Improvement District and The City of Albany collaborate to host many cultural and art events throughout the year in this 6 block district.

Every Fall the neighborhood celebrates Lark fest, recently celebrated its 20th year with food, music, and fun for the whole family. With an estimated 60,000 people in attendance, this event has become one of the largest outdoor events in Upstate New York and is a great way to kick off the fall season in Albany’s exciting "village within the city".

Galleries, Museums & Architecture
Founded in 1791, the Albany Institute of History & Art has a diverse collection of 20,000 objects, which reflect the significance of Albany and the Upper-Hudson Valley region in American and art history.

Galleries display many of the collection’s most important objects, such as Hudson River School landscape paintings and early Dutch limner portraits (some of the earliest examples of portraiture in America). The museum’s major holdings also include Albany-made silver, superb examples of 18th and 19th century New York-made furniture, sculpture, pewter, ceramics, and various decorative arts.

As one of the oldest museums in the country (older than the Smithsonian Institution, and the Metropolitan Museum), the Albany Institute of History & Art possesses a rich and fascinating history. With the restoration of all of the internal spaces, the museum building will return to the vibrancy of its original appearance. The William Gorham Rice Building designed as a beaux-arts residence by Richard Morris Hunt and completed in 1895 will house a new cafe and conference area, which will connect with the new museum shop and art sales gallery. An architecturally daring glass atrium, three stories high with tiered balconies filled with light, will join these two significant structures. Creating a beacon on Washington Avenue, this space will serve as a 21st century counterpart to the 19th and 20th century buildings it embraces.

Albany History
Albany, the Capital of New York State has been an important crossroads for nearly four hundred years. Albany is the oldest continually occupied city of the original thirteen colonies. Albany became the Capital of New York State in 1788, which further enhanced the cities commercial importance, and gave it pre-eminence in government affairs, which it maintains to this day.


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