Beautiful New York

A Celebration of the City

The Top 100 Greatest NYC Buildings — #72

The Cloisters

Architect: Charles Collens
Style: Gothic Revival
Use: Museum
Opened: 1938
Borough: Manhattan

To look at the Cloisters, one might imagine they had actually been a Gothic monastery converted to a different use. But in fact it was commissioned specifically for its current purpose: to house and display a medieval art collection. The core of the museum comes from the collection of sculptor and connoisseur George Grey Barnard. Today, it is part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.


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