Albany, NY Capital Building – “Million Dollar Staircase”

Darren Ketchum

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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