Category Archives: Albany GA

Samuel Farkas House, 1889, Albany

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This Second Empire home is one of the most interesting in downtown Albany. Samuel Farkas came to Albany from Hungary at the age of 18. He couldn’t speak a word of English and only had fifty cents in his pocket. He came to Albany to work with his uncle who had set up a successful mercantile business after the Civil War. In 1872, Farkas opened a stable which focused on the sale of mules. In twenty years, he had amassed a fortune.

National Register of Historic Places

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First State Bank Building, 1917, Albany

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Broad Avenue Memorial Bridge, 1920-2012, Albany

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This historic concrete arch bridge, begun in 1915, delayed by the war, and completed in 1920 as a memorial to its veterans, was a symbol of Albany throughout most of the twentieth century. Though a commendable effort by local preservationists stalled its fate, it was demolished in 2012.

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State Theatre, 1945, Albany

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Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Trestle, 1929, Albany

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Albany Housefurnishing Company, 1922

One of the few historic storefronts that retains its original appearance in downtown Albany, this structure was built by local architect J. T. Murphey for Benjamin Bourbon Ivey specifically as a furniture store. It’s now known as the Nelson Tift Building, named for the founder of Albany.

National Register of Historic Places

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Oglethorpe Lounge, 1954, Albany

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According to their Facebook page, the Oglethorpe Lounge has been open since 1954. In an era when most dive bars are closing, the Oglethorpe is alive and well. Their Carling Black Label sign is a landmark in its own right.

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