Statement of Significance (as of designation - June 24, 1986):
Built in several stages beginning in 1874 and extending over four city blocks on the East side of Central Park, this is one of the most prestigious museums in the world for its imposing building and the quality of its collections. Although its component parts were designed by eminent architects in diverse architectural styles, they are well-related in scale to each other. Most significant architecturally are the dramatic Fifth Avenue facade and Great Hall designed by Hunt. The architects responsible for the building are: Calvert Vaux & Jacob Wrey Mould; Richard M. Hunt; McKim Mead & White; Kevin Roche, John Dinkeloo & Associates.