Audubon Terrace Historic District

STATUS Designated Historic District

Audubon Terrace

ARCHITECT: Charles Pratt. Huntington; William Mitchell Kendall; Cass Gilbert

DATE: 1904

STYLE: Neo-ltalian Renaissance

Manhattan Neo-ltalian Renaissance Washington Heights

Designated January 9, 1979

The Audubon Terrace Historic District was created to be a center for specialized research by its founder Archer M. Huntington. Huntington founded the Hispanic Society of America in 1904 and hired his cousin, Charles Pratt. Huntington, to design the buildings and grounds for the facility.

The American Numismatic Society, the American Geographical Society, the Museum of the American Indian, and the Church of Our Lady of Esperanza were all built at Audubon Terrace. All were designed by Huntington in a unified neo-ltalian Renaissance style and grouped around a central courtyard; with later alterations to two buildings by William Mitchell Kendall of the firm of McKim, Mead & White, and by Cass Gilbert.

STATUS Designated Historic District

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