The Albany, or simply Albany—since the mid-20th century some sources have claimed that the definite article is not in use among the fashionable—is an apartment complex in Piccadilly, London.
The Albany was built in 1770–74 by Sir William Chambers (Wikipedia page  for Viscount Melbourne (Wikipedia page https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viscount_Melbourne] as Melbourne House. It is a three-storey mansion seven bays (windows) wide, with a pair of service wings flanking a front courtyard. In 1791, Prince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany, abandoned Dover House, Whitehall (now a government office), and took up residence. In 1802 the Duke gave up the house and it was converted by Henry Holland into 69 bachelor apartments (known as "sets"). This was achieved not only by subdividing the main block and the two service wings, but also by adding two parallel sets of buildings running the length of the garden.
The Wikipedia page  has history and other details.
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- "London’s Best and Most Secretive Address", by CHRISTOPHER GIBBS, The New York Times Magazine, April 14, 2013
- Survey of London—detailed history with plans and photographs
- Page on georgianindex.net—but note that the picture at the top of the page is not the Albany. While a number of the residences of past Dukes of York have been known as York House (Wikipedia  lists) (including the Albany during the residence of Frederick Duke of York), the illustration is of the past York House which went on to acquire an extra storey and to be renamed Stafford House and then Lancaster House
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