Gurley Memorial Hall, Russell Sage College

Second Street, Troy, NY

Three story granite school hall built in 1892


Gurley Memorial Hall, Russell Sage College

Photo by Detroit Publishing 1905, Courtesy of Library of Congress



The Gurley Memorial Hall was built with a gift of $60,000 from industrialist Lewis Gurley to the Troy Female Seminary in honor of his deceased brother William and sister Clarissa. The building was designed by M.F. Cummings & Son in the Richardsonian Romanesque style and built of rusticated granite and brownstone. The cornerstone was laid in June, 1891 and the building was formally dedicated on June 8, 1892 before an assembly that included suffragette Elizabeth Cady Stanton, an 1832 alumnus of the Seminary. The Seminary now the Emma Willard School moved to a new campus on Pawling Avenue and the Gurley Memorial was given to Russell Sage College when it opened in 1916.


19th Century (37,324)
Built 1892 (720)
Built during 1890s (7,466)
New York (6,067)
Rensselaer County, New York (149)
School (4,980)

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  • March 8, 2019: New photo from Richard Doody
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