Back in October of 2016, YIMBY reported on the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s approval of plans for the American Museum of Natural History’s expansion, which has been dubbed the Gilder Center. Now, permits for the project have been filed with the Department of Buildings, indicating that work is about to begin on the contemporarily-minded addition to one of New York City’s most iconic institutions.
YIMBY last reported on 40 Tenth Avenue when new building applications were filed for the site, in November of 2015. Now, with demolition of an old three-story warehouse complete, construction on the office project is finally getting underway. The progress on excavation has been substantial, and piling and caissons are also beginning to appear. Jeanne Gang Architects is behind the design, and the latest photos come from YIMBY Forum user JC_Heights.
Board members have approved and revealed renderings for the 218,000 square-foot expansion and overhaul of the American Museum of Natural History, located on the Upper West Side between West 77th and 81st Streets, the New York Times reports. The expansion includes the planned six-story-tall Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation, which will be designed by Jeanne Gang, of Studio Gang Architects. The overhaul includes significant reconfigurations of 10 existing buildings and upgrades to the park surrounding the museum. The plan, which must be approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission, is expected to take roughly 18 months, with opening planned by early 2020.