Albany, NY has started to see the end of a landmark...
The Hotel Wellington was built in the early 1900's on historic State Street in the shadow of the state capital. It had been the hotel for state legislators through the 1970's. It was last used by the University at Albany to house 200 students in the building's rear annex.
Closed for 20 years, the Hotel Wellington has decayed beyond repair. Also, the Hotel is on a site being considered for a possible convention center in Albany. In that plan, it has been suggested that the building facades could be saved and incorporated into the new building if and when it is built.
On the evening of Monday 8/16/04, a passerby noticed some debris falling from the facade of the hotel. Upon further inspection, engineers determined that the building's copper and wood cornice was "peeling" away from the building.
Once engineers safely removed the entire cornice, it was further determined that the eniter building had become unsafe due to all of the rain that has fallen this summer. According to officials, the building was last inspected in the spring of 2004 and it was deemed sound.
Officals plan to demolish the building floor by floor in the coming days.
Landmark's decay prompts road closure