The American Museum of Natural History won approval from the Landmarks Preservation Commission for its proposed Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education and Innovation on Tuesday, according to Curbed. The commission gushed over the building, designed by Chicago-based Studio Gang.
“The essence of this great institution is excellent architecture of its time along the way,” LPC Commissioner Frederick Bland said on Tuesday, motioning to the Rose Center, completed in 2000, “That’s what we’re seeing here today; a beautiful and brilliant example of a contemporary expression of a meaningful building.”
The museum will demolish three buildings, including the Weston Pavilion, to make way for the new center, which will take up about one-quarter acre of parkland in the surrounding Teddy Roosevelt Park.
Not everyone was smitten with the architecture, however. A spokesperson for the Historic Districts Council said “some fine-tuning could help the building fit in even better.”
The museum will still need to go through an environmental review.