American Museum of Natural History – Exterior and Interior

STATUS Designated Exterior and Interior Landmark

Central Park West & 79th Street

ARCHITECT: Vaux & Mould, John Russell Pope

DATE: 1874-77, 1929-35 (interior)

Manhattan Upper West Side

The American Museum of Natural History, in addition to being one of the world’s finest institutions devoted to natural science exhibits, is also one of the largest municipal cultural structures in New York City. It covers one of the most spacious sites in New York City, formerly known as Manhattan Square. The Museum is not a single building but consists of eighteen interconnected units. This impressive complex represents the work of almost a score of our most eminent architects. Nearly a century of development and expansion is reflected in its growth and in the several architectural styles manifested in its facades.

The Memorial Hall is distinguished by a high barrel vaulted ceiling which lends grandeur to the space. It is a fitting monument to Theodore Roosevelt as a political leader and naturalist, and a symbol of a period which witnessed the evolution of the United States as a world power. John Russell Pope, the architect, made expressive use of the rich materials and fine classical detail.

STATUS Designated Exterior and Interior Landmark

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