Beautiful New York

A Celebration of the City

The Top 100 Greatest NYC Buildings — #71

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Architect: Richard Morris Hunt (and others)
Style: Beaux-Arts
Use: Museum
Opened: 1870
Borough: Manhattan

Many architects deserve credit for the legendary museum that stretches across four blocks of Fifth Avenue and compares favorably to many of the great art museums of the capital cities of Europe. While the primary brilliance of the front façade is the work of Richard Morris Hunt, his son finished the work after the elder’s death. The great wings that contribute significantly to the museum’s width and capacity are McKim, Mead, and White. The original exhibition halls were designed by Calvert Vaux and Jacob Wrey Mould. And the glorious modern glass enclosures in the side and rear are by Kevin Roche and John Dinkeloo. How appropriate that the world’s most diverse and varied art collection is housed in a building by a diverse and varied team of New York’s greatest architects.

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