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Timeline

Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1869/00/00 J P Morgan Sr Benefactor American Museum of Natural History is established by Albert Smith Bickmore, one-time student of Harvard zoologist Louis Agassiz.
1874/00/00 Joseph Hodges Choate Founder and Trustee The cornerstone for the American Museum of Natural History's first building at 77th St (obscured by current buildings) is laid by US President Ulysses S Grant.
1874/00/00 Vaux and Mould Architect The cornerstone for the American Museum of Natural History's first building at 77th St (obscured by current buildings) is laid by US President Ulysses S Grant.
1874/00/00 Ulysses S Grant Dignitary The cornerstone for the American Museum of Natural History's first building at 77th St (obscured by current buildings) is laid by US President Ulysses S Grant.
1877/00/00 Rutherford B Hayes Dignitary American Museum of Natural History first building at 77th St opens
1881/00/00 Morris Ketchum Jesup Vocation Morris K Jesup becomes president of the American Museum of Natural History
1897/00/00 Cady, Berg and See Architect Southern redoubt Romanesque Revival facade on West 77th St is built, 1891-1897
1901/00/00 Isabella Douglass Curtis Family Isabella Douglass Curtis' father, Andrew Ellicott Douglass, donates a collection of over 22,000 specimens to the American Museum of Natural History.
1917/04/18 McKinney, an American Standardbred horse, dies at Empire Stud, Cuba, New York. McKinney's skeleton is donated to the American Museum of Natural History as a representative of the breed.
1936/00/00 John Russell Pope Architect Central Park West entrance is built

Places

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Rose Center for Earth and Space

Data »

Particulars for American Museum of Natural History:
Area of Significance Architecture
Criteria Architecture-Engineering
Sight Category Building
Area of Significance Education
Criteria Historic Event
Architectural Style Late Gothic Revival
Museum Type Museum
Level of Significance National
Owner Private
Other Description Roman Eclectic
Architectural Style Romanesque Revival
Area of Significance Science



US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration: 24th June 1976

PLACE DETAILS
Registry Name: American Museum of Natural History
Registry Address: Central Park West and 77th St.
Registry Number: 76001235
Resource Type: Building
Owner: Private
Architect: Vaux and Mould; Cady,Berg See
Architectural Style: Late gothic revival, Other, Romanesque
Attribute: Roman Eclectic
Area in Acres: 23
Contributing Buildings: 1
Certification: Listed in the National Register
CULTURAL DETAILS
Level of Significance: National
Area of Significance: Education, Science, Architecture
Applicable Criteria: Event, Architecture-Engineering
Period of Significance: 1900-1924, 1875-1899
Significant Year: 1874, 1877, 1891
Historic Function: Recreation and Culture
Historic Sub-Function: Museum
Current Function: Recreation and Culture
Current Sub-Function: Museum

Creative Works »

WorkTypeAsNotedInCreatorNote
On the Town Film Stanley Donen "On the Town" is set and was filmed at the American Museum of Natural History
The Catcher in the Rye (book) Book J D Salinger Holden checks graffiti made in the dust collecting on the artifacts.
Wonderstruck Book
Brian Selznick Setting

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