American Museum of Natural History, Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Hall

1918-1929ManhattanMuseum

Central Park West between West 77th and West 81st Streets

ARCHITECTS
John Russell Pop

DESIGNER
William Andrew Mackay

BUILT 1935

INTERIOR DESIGNATED 1975

RESTORED BY Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates

RESTORED 2012

DESIGNATED AREAS
Memorial Hall, Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Building

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Excerpt from Landmarks Preservation Commission designation report:

“The Commission further finds that, among its important qualities, Memorial Hall provides an impressive main entrance to the American Museum of Natural History, that it is one of the City’s most monumental interior spaces, that it is distinguished by a high barrel-vaulted ceiling which lends grandeur to the space, that it was designed by the noted architect John Russell Pope, who made expressive use of the rich materials and fine classical detail, that it is a fitting monument to Theodore Roosevelt as a political leader and naturalist, that it is a fitting symbol of a period which witnessed the evolution of the United States as a world power, and that Memorial Hall is an important and well integrated part of the American Museum of Natural History.”

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