The Morgan State House truly separates itself from the rest of the downtown Albany hotels, from its charming features to its architectural foundation and history. But what makes this Albany landmark so historic? Find out below!
The property completed construction in the late-1800s
The former home of Henry Wright and his daughter Alice Morgan Wright (who we’ll touch on later), The Brownstone was designed by R.W. Gibson and completed construction in the late-nineteenth century. Taking aesthetic inspiration from nineteenth-century Japanese architecture, the former home stands elegantly in downtown Albany, NY.
It was the lifelong home of Alice Morgan Wright
Alice Morgan Wright called the property home from 1888 until her death in 1975. If you don’t know the backstory of her life, let us divulge: Alice Morgan Wright was a fervent supporter of women’s suffrage, many times leading the way for women’s rights. Wright also co-founded the National Humane Society, which would become today’s Humane Society of the United States. And her accomplishments and unique attributes don’t stop there. She was a well-known painter and artist, with much of her work now on display in various museums and private collections. Her former art studio is today’s Garden 4 guestroom.
It stands just across the street from Washington Park & the New York State Capitol
History neighbors history, as our boutique hotel is just across the street from the iconic Washington Park and the New York State Capitol. The popular park hosts many festivals throughout the year and is regarded as one of the “nations 100 most important parks” by the American Association of Architects. Construction of the capitol building ended in 1899 and has been declared as a National Historic Landmark. Walking tours are available year-round.
The Brownstone continues to charm over 100 years later
Over 100 years later, The Brownstone at The Morgan State House continues to serve as a landmark for downtown Albany hotels. The Brownstone features some of the boutique hotel’s most elegant rooms, all boasting their own unique characteristics like working fireplaces and marble bathrooms.