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New York Botanical Garden

New York, New York
County of Bronx.
Southern and Bedford Park Boulevards
National Register Number: 67000009
Resource type: District.
Property type: Agriculture/Subsistence - horticultural facility. The threat level was Satisfactory in
2004.
Congressional District: NY-23 Certified Local Government: YES
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Current use/information: Botanical Garden.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - May 28, 1967):
Established in 1896, this exemplary institution soon became one of the leading botanical gardens in the world, a position it still maintains. Within its 230 acres are one of the world's largest herbariums, research laboratories, an extensive botanical library and museum, and an extraordinary Victorian-era glass conservatory.

Condition:
The New York Botanical Garden received a federal Save America's Treasures matching grant of $200,000 in 2003 to restore the deteriorated formal perimeter fence designed by Brinley and Holbrook that gives visitors their first impression of the landmark.

In May 2004, Montefiore Medical Center offered the roof of a 28-story staff residence to Fordham University for the placement of its radio tower, thus removing the incompatible new construction from the immediate vicinity of the National Historic Landmark. The tower’s new home sits about a mile and a half from the Botanical Garden atop the borough’s highest point, Gun Hill. The university hopes to begin broadcasting with the proposed 142 foot rooftop antenna in about a year.


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