tile and terra cotta Art Nouveau newel post is at the bottom of the staircase in the New Amsterdam Theatre. Designed by the Norwegian architect Thorbjorn Bassoe and made by the Perth Amboy Terra Cotta Co. of New Jersey in
The Fall of New Amsterdam, by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris. Peter Stuyvesant (left of center, with wooden leg) stands on shore among residents of New Amsterdam who plead with him not to fire on the English warships.
Schenectady nests in a bend of the Mohawk River at the head of the Mohawk Valley, just west of the confluence of the Mohawk and the Hudson. In the seventeenth century, this is where Indian and Colonial trade goods moved by canoe.