A Neat plain modern stile: Philip Hooker and his by Mary Raddant Tomlan, Albany Institute of History and Art,

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10 Three large stone docks were proposed by the city in 1766. 11 The river front, a continuously evolving area, slowly reached out into the Hudson the city expanded. Page 23 Albany's location made it a crossroads of great activity during the many years of the American Revolution, and there was a great influx of people into the city. In 1780 the State Legislature met for the first time at Albany, in the old City Hall12 A respite from the years of war, struggle, and fear came with the 27 June 1782 visit by General George Washington.

Philip Hooker's hand (fig. 9). This church was erected at the edge of the old urban center, in a newly developing area, and it dominated the surrounding neighborhood. Its twin-towered form was unique in the region at that time, and seems to have been directly inspired by Charles Bulfinch's Hollis Street Church, constructed in Boston about ten years earlier. Hooker could have visited that church, or seen it published in the April 1788 Columbian Magazine or the December 1793 Massachusetts Magazine.

Page 24 PART TWO PHILIP HOOKER- EVOLUTION OF AN ARCHITECT Philip Hooker was a regional phenomenon, a man of many facets. Through sheer will and a good deal of talent and ability, this tradesman's son, whose personal life and appearance remain unknown, managed to rise to an impressive level in the architectural profession. Over the course of at least forty years, he developed along with Albany in a unique partnership which allowed his visions to become reality and his chosen city to evolve into the splendid metropolis its destiny demanded.

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