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This biography is from Landmarks of Albany County, New York, edited by Amasa J. Parker of Albany, N. Y., Syracuse, N. Y.; D. Mason & Co. Publishers, 1897.

Attilio Pasquini

Attilio Pasquini, one of the leading contractors and builders of Albany, was born in the village of Nava, about one mile from the city of Lucca, Italy, on the 6th day of January, 1849. His father was also a native of Nava, while his mother's birthplace was the village of Santa Maria Colle, two and one-half miles from Lucca. Mr. Pasquini received a common school education, and at an early age learned the trade of mason in his native country. He soon sought a wider field for the exercise of those progressive qualities which have characterized his life and upon attaining his majority decided to come to America. Leaving Italy on the 3d of May, 1871, he arrived in New York city on the 7th of the following month (June), and immediately settled in Albany, where he has since resided. Here he readily found employment at his trade, which he pursued for several years.

He rapidly acquired a high reputation among both workmen and contractors, and in time became a contractor himself, a business in which he has won uniform success. He is now an extensive mason, contractor, and builder, doing work in different parts of the State. In the capital city he has erected many of the largest and finest buildings, among which may be mentioned the Harmanus Bleecker Hall, the New York State Armory, the Albany County Bank, the D. & H. C. Co.'s building, public school No. 7, John H. Day's and the Bensen buildings. Our Lady of Angels Convent and remodelling its church, one of St. Agnes's School buildings on Elk street, St. Peter's Rectory, two handsome residences for Messrs. Walker and Gibson on State street, the Hudson River Telephone building, and a large number of other structures, including many dwellings of almost equal prominence. Among the numerous buildings erected by him outside the city of Albany are the Twenty-third Regiment Armory in Brooklyn, the largest in the State; power houses for the Brooklyn City and Newtown Railroad Company of New York; depots for the D. & H. C. Co. at Plattsburg, Mechanicsville, and Slingerlands; depots for the F., J. & G. Railroad at Johnstown and Gloversville; and a Catholic church at Castleton, N. Y. He has also built a number of fine residences in various parts of the State; among them being Mr. Denton's at Middletown, R. C. Pruyn's at Altamont. and Charles Ellis's at Schenectady. He is now (January, 1897) erecting three large buildings for the Manhattan State Hospital on Ward's Island and a power house for the North River Electric Light and Power Company in New York city. These and others too numerous to mention show the energy with which Mr. Pasquini has prosecuted the business of contracting, and are monuments to his industry, enterprise, and executive ability.

He is an active member and treasurer of the Albany Republican League, a prominent member of the Albany Burgesses Corps and the Dongan Club, and a member and for one term president of the Italian Columbus Society. Though born and reared under Italy's sunny skies, in a land of caste and royalty, he is at heart a thorough American, a lover of personal freedom and of free institutions, and a staunch supporter of the Republican principles typified by this government. He is not only active in promoting the welfare of his countrymen wherever he finds them, but is loyal to the best interests of mankind and influential in the prosperity of the city of his residence.

On the 28th of January, 1875, Mr. Pasquini was married in Albany to Miss Magdalena M. Hufnagel, by whom he has five children; Louis J., Attilio M., Elizabeth C., Margaret F., and Angelina M.

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