Empire State Plaza - Wikipedia
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The Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza is a complex that includes several state government buildings located in downtown Albany, New York.
It was constructed between 1965 and 1976, at an estimated cost of $2 billion.  The complex houses several departments of New York State administration. It is also integrated with the New York State Capitol which was completed in 1899 and houses the state legislature. The Department of Health and Biggs Laboratory of Wadsworth Center are two of the offices located at the plaza. The Empire State Art Collection is a large public collection that includes monumental abstract art from the 1960s and 1970s. It is permanently displayed throughout the site. The plaza is maintained by the New York State Office of General Services. The Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza Performing Arts Center Corporation, a New York public-benefit corporation, was established in 1979 to manage the plaza's performing arts facility. 
Governor Nelson Rockefeller was inspired to build the plaza after Princess Juliana of The Netherlands visited Albany as part of a celebration of the region's Dutch history. Rockefeller was embarrassed to ride with the princess through the section of the city called \"the Gut\". Later, he said that \"there was no doubt that the city didn't look the way I thought the Princess expected it to\".