The town of Albany developed on the Willamette River, with steamboats bringing commerce to a thriving waterfront. Today Downtown Albany is designated a National Register Historic District and includes many historic buildings in a variety of architectural styles, dating to the late 1800’s. As a city, we pride ourselves on historic preservation and our commitment to responsible development in Downtown. The Downtown remains the civic, commercial and social center of Albany. We invite you to enjoy the dining, shopping and entertainment Downtown has to offer.