For many years, the building was known as the Joseph Henry Memorial after one of its earliest professors. He discovered electrical induction while experimenting in his lab here. This was an important step in the development of the telegraph. This location served the Academy well for over 100 years but by the 1930s the school had outgrown these facilities. In 1931 it moved to a new building at 135 Academy Road. At that time the Albany City School District purchased the location and began to use it as their offices.