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
Upper West Side
The Upper West Side is located along the western side of Central Park from 59th Street to 110th Street. The Upper West Side has several Historic Districts and Individual Landmarks.Explore the Neighborhood >
“I don’t know what the City would be without HDC. [They] testified before LPC time after time and helped us focus on the right issues. We would not be an historic district without HDC! ”
Doreen Gallo: DUMBO Neighborhood Alliance
“Use HDC as a resource because they know what they are doing and can offer advice on how to go about creating a district from every front: architectural, political, LPC, and the media. I had floundered prior to my involvement with this invaluable organization.”
Fern Luskin: Lamartine Place Historic District; Friends of Lamartine Place & Gibbons Underground Railroad Site
“HDC provided guidance and shared information during that process—we knew which Council members were going one way or another and we changed a few minds. I don’t think NoHo would have had as cohesive a district had it not been for HDC’s aid.”
Zella Jones: NoHo Historic District; NoHo East; and NoHo Extension
“I remember Richard saying at a meeting, we have someone here from HDC, Nadezhda Williams, Director of Preservation and Research, to help us. She said to us, ‘You are not the only ones going through this.’ HDC included us in an enormous community”
Erika Petersen: West End Preservation Society